The complaint against Juan Thompson, the suspect in some of the Jewish Community Center bomb threats, describes a sustained campaign of harassment against a woman he’d dated as well as the centers.
Thompson had a very active Twitter page in which he posted a series of incendiary tweets, calling capitalists “blood suckers” and retweeting Hillary Clinton. He also criticized President Donald Trump for not speaking out fast enough on hate crimes. He was a critic of Trump, calling him a “coward.” Thompson is accused of making only some of the threats; others are still being investigated. There have been nearly 100 in all, and authorities don’t believe Thompson was responsible for all of them, according to AOL.
He also criticized white people and the “white media,” as well as Hillary Clinton, liberals, and the Democratic Party.
He wrote: “You show me a capitalist, and I’ll show you a bloodsucker | Director of Communications–Gateway Housing Foundation |” on his Twitter profile.
He also posted on the bomb threats themselves.
Thompson, 31, was arrested in the string of threats against the centers, which had led to commentary about a troubling rise of anti-Semitism in America, as well as denunciation of it by Donald Trump in his speech to Congress.
A senior editor for the Atlantic says Thompson was fired by the Intercept.
The arrest was revealed on March 3.
The complaint alleges that Thompson works at a social service organization in the New York area. It all started when, in 2015 and 2016, a woman ended her romantic relationship with him, according to the complaint. The woman’s boss then received an email the FBI is dubbing “the “Hoax News Email”). It was from “someone purporting to be a producer with a national news organization” and said the woman had been pulled over for drunk driving and was being sued for spreading a sexually transmitted disease. The FBI reviewed records and found it was sent “from an IP address that Thompson used to access one of his social media accounts.”
The complaint says the woman then received texts and emails, purportedly from a close friend and relative of Thompson, saying Thompson was the victim of computer hacking and not responsible for the “recent acts of harassment” and that he had gone into cardiac arrest after being shot in a robbery. In August 2016, the victim obtained a temporary restraining order against Thompson, according to the complaint.
The woman’s boss was contacted again. The complaint alleges that the victim then received an anonymous email with nude pictures that threatened to release them to the public. The woman’s human resources director also received an email saying the woman had threatened to kill Thompson and accusing her of being anti-Semitic.
In October, the Center for Missing and Exploited Children received an anonymous electronic communication from Thompson’s IP address, the complaint alleges, that said, “I was at a disco-tech two weeks ago and met (the victim) who said she watched child porn.” It provided her name and went into additional detail.
The complaint says that Thompson actually lives in St. Louis. A detective visited him and he claimed his email account was hacked.
Thompson then allegedly made eight threats against Jewish Community Centers, the complaint says, as “part of his campaign of harassment against the victim.”
The complaint alleges that he made threats in the victim’s name and in his name, which he claimed were an attempt by the victim to “falsely implicate Thompson.”