A Union City (Hudson County) man accused of anonymously making threatening phone calls to about two dozen people faces multiple charges, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office said on March 13. Steve Ortiz, 45, is charged with bias intimidation, terroristic threats, false public alarm, and stalking.
A US Coast Guard Lieutenant arrested on weapon and drug charges is accused of planning a domestic terrorist attack that targeted politicians and journalists. Federal prosecutors said Christopher Paul Hasson, 49, of Silver Spring, Maryland, is a self-identified white nationalist who began stockpiling weapons and researching information on members of the media and Democratic Party, including US Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, in 2017.
Authorities arrested a Roxbury (Morris County) man on February 4 who they said showed a homemade bomb to a woman before detonating it near a lake. Christopher Faschan, 31, faces charges of possession of an explosive device with the purpose to use it unlawfully, aggravated assault, and terroristic threats.
A Holland, Ohio, man is charged in connection with a plot to kill worshippers inside a synagogue in support of ISIS. A federal grand jury indicted Damon M. Joseph on January 29, charging him with attempting to provide material support to ISIS, attempting to commit a hate crime, and possessing firearms in furtherance of a crime of violence.
A Baltimore man admitted killing a black man with a sword in New York City in an attack intended to incite a race war. James Jackson, 30, faces life in prison without parole after pleading guilty on January 22 to first-degree murder in furtherance of an act of terrorism, second-degree murder as a crime of terrorism, second-degree murder as a hate crime, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
An American-Israeli hacker was sentenced on November 22 to 10 years in prison by an Israeli court. He had been convicted of extortion, making threats and false reports, conspiracy to commit a crime, and money laundering in connection with hundreds of bogus bomb threats against Jewish institutions around the globe.
A former Cornell University student from Rumson (Monmouth County) could receive up to 10 years in prison after admitting he stockpiled weapons in his Ithaca, New York, apartment. Maximilien Reynolds, 21, pleaded guilty on November 14 to federal charges of willfully causing false statements to be made to a licensed firearms dealer during the purchase of a firearm and possessing firearms not registered in the National Firearms Registry and Transfer Record.
A 28-year-old man fatally shot 12 people and injured 18 others at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California, on November 7. Authorities said Ian David Long, a veteran of the US Marines Corps who may have suffered from post traumatic stress disorder, tossed a smoke bomb into the Borderline Bar and Grill and started shooting.
On October 31, a grand jury indicted a Kentucky man accused of killing two black people in a shooting at a Louisville-area grocery store. Gregory Bush (pictured), 51, faces state charges of two counts of murder, one count of criminal attempted murder, and two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.