Reporter Who Was Fired for Fabricating Stories Arrested for JCC Threats
Here is the complaint against Thompson, which includes a charge of cyberstalking.https://t.co/1Vw6Xde6ct
— Tom Namako (@TomNamako) March 3, 2017
A Missouri man named Juan Thompson, described as a jilted ex-boyfriend, was arrested in connection with some of the recent threats against Jewish Community Centers.
The FBI said Thompson made bomb threats against the JCC facilities and New York's Anti-Defamation League, in an effort to frame his former girlfriend.
The 31-year-old, who was arrested in St. Louis, is accused of making eight of the threats, but the FBI believes the prime suspect is still at-large.
Federal officials have been investigating 122 bomb threats called into nearly 100 JCC schools, child care and other similar facilities in three dozen states, AP reported.
The federal criminal complaint, filed in New York, quotes tweets from Thompson's Twitter account.
On Feb. 24, Thompson accused a "racist" white woman who he dated of making bomb threats in his name.
— Juan M. Thompson (@JuanMThompson) February 24, 2017
Thompson, according to reports, once worked as a reporter for The Intercept. The website's editor said Thompson was fired last year for fabricating sources and quotes in stories.
— Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) March 3, 2017
The Intercept made headlines last year by announcing his firing and retracting or correcting several of his stories.
Thompson was said to have fabricated an interview with a cousin of Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof.