FBI: Man linked to LGBT threats facing federal charge

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A man linked to social media posts threatening a Pulse-style attack against the LGBT community in South Florida was arrested by the Florida Highway Patrol on an unrelated charge.

According to the FBI, 50-year-old Craig Jungwirth was arrested Saturday for a violating bond conditions in an unrelated pending misdemeanor case.

In a news release sent Sunday, FBI spokesman Michael D. Leverock said Jungwirth has been charged with transmitting threatening communications and will appear in federal court on Tuesday.

Jungwirth has been charged in connection with online threats and threats planned for Labor Day weekend in the Wilton Manors area. According to FBI Special Agent Elisa Germano, Jungwirth made alarming threats towards the LGBT community in late August. One of his Facebook posts made a reference to the June Orlando shooting:

My events are selling out cause you [people] are total patsies. None of you deserve to live. If you losers thought the Pulse nightclub shooting was bad, wait till you see what I'm planning for Labor Day...You can never catch a genius from MIT and since you fa****s aren’t dying from AIDS anymore, I have a better solution to exterminate you losers. I’m going to be killing you fa** faster than cops kill nig****. It’s time to clean up Wilton Manors from all you AIDS-infested losers.

The Wilton Manors Police Department also has record of Jungwirth stalking and harassing former coworkers and other residents of the community. Authorities say Jungwirth used several different phone numbers and online aliases to contact his victims.

Wilton Manors Police Chief Paul O’Connell understands why Bob and so many others are on high alert.

“Everyone knows Wilton Manors is predominately gay and lesbian.When he pushed the button called ‘Pulse,’ that takes the emotions run through the roof, and he has done that.”

Authorities say Jungwirth will be brought to first appearance Tuesday, Sept. 6, at the Federal Courthouse in Orlando, Florida.

His attorney, Ron Baum, did not respond for comment.

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