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Man Pleads Not Guilty To Threatening Northeast Ohio Jewish Center

 James Reardon, Jr.
Mahoning County Sheriff's Office
Police say James Reardon Jr., accused of making what they believe was a threat to a Jewish center in Northeast Ohio on Instagram, was arrested Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, on telecommunications harassment and aggravated menacing charges.

A 20-year-old Ohio man has pleaded not guilty to threatening a Jewish community center in a video posted to Instagram.

On Saturday, New Middletown Police arrested James Reardon Jr. on charges of telecommunications harassment and aggravated menacing charges.

A judge near Youngstown set bond at $250,000 on Monday and ordered him to stay away from Jewish churches and organizations if he is released from jail.

Police Chief Vincent D'Egidio said Reardon allegedly posted a video last month of a man shooting a semi-automatic rifle with the caption: "Police identified the Youngstown Jewish Family Community shooter as local white nationalist Seamus O'Rearedon."

The post tagged the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown. Authorities say the Instagram account was Reardon's.

Police said rounds of ammunition, semi-automatic weapons and anti-Semitic information were found at his house.

It couldn't be determined whether Reardon has an attorney.

Andy Lipkin, Youngstown Area Jewish Federation's executive vice president, said they were aware of the incident and were working with police.

"I want to stress that we know of no other threat to the Jewish Community or to any of our agencies at this point it time," he said in a statement posted on the organization's website . "Nonetheless, I have directed that we maintain the additional level of security for the near future."