Florida Man Arrested for Threatening to Kill Minorities, Including Jews

In a social media post, the suspect praised mass shooters, including the gunman from the Poway synagogue shooting

San Diego county sheriff's deputy stands in front of the Poway Chabad Synagogue in Poway, California, April 28, 2019.
Denis Poroy,AP

A Florida man was arrested for threatening to kill minorities, including Jews.

Joshua John Leff, 40, was arrested at his home in Fort Myers and charged with intimidation, sending written threats to kill and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

He made the threats on social media sites Bitchute and Gab, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said in a statement. The department began its investigation after receiving a tip about Leff’s statements and videos inciting violence against minority groups.

Guns and ammunition were found at his home during a police search.

In his posts he praised several mass shooters, including John T. Earnest, the 19-year-old gunman accused of killing one and injuring three inside a synagogue in Poway, California in April. He also praised the shooter in the Charleston church attack in 2015 which killed nine black parishioners, and the New Zealand mosque shooter accused of killing 50 Muslims in April. Leff said he wished they had killed more people.

He is being held in Lee County Jail on $1 million bond.