2 men charged in threats to NYC Jewish community - WABC-television

Sunday, November 20, 2022 9:03PM

MIDTOWN, manhattan (WABC) -- Two men had been formally charged in what authorities described as a "establishing danger to the Jewish group."

MTA police arrested Christopher Brown and Matthew Mahrer at Penn Station on Saturday.

Brown, 21, from Aquebogue, Suffolk County told police he operates a white supremacist Twitter community that he observed "is definitely cool," according to a crook complaint made public Sunday following his arraignment.

He tweeted anti-Semitic threats below the username "VrilKhan" and instructed detectives "I even have a in poor health character," the grievance stated.

Police spoke of Brown met one other Mahrer, 22, at St. Patrick's Cathedral and had purchased a gun for $650 in Pennsylvania.

When he become arrested at Penn Station with the aid of two MTA law enforcement officials Brown became in possession of an 8-inch armed forces vogue knife with a 4-inch blade, a Swastika arm patch and ski masks, in response to police.

"a possible tragedy become averted after they were intercepted by means of police officers at Penn Station, in view that online postings indicated an intent to use these weapons at a new york synagogue," stated ny District legal professional Alvin Bragg. "Hateful anti-Semitic focused on of synagogues is deplorable."

Brown pleaded not responsible to prison weapons expenses and a cost of making a terroristic hazard. He became ordered held with out bail.

Mahrer pleaded not guilty to weapons expenses. His bail changed into set at $150,000.

Many in the Jewish group are already on part after a annoying threat became made online two weeks in the past by a brand new Jersey teen.

In a tweet on Sunday, long island Gov. Kathy Hochul observed she had directed State Police to ramp up assist for communities that may well be targets of hate crimes.

Federal prosecutors are determining whether more costs will be delivered to Brown's case. each Brown and Mahrer are scheduled to seem in court docket on Nov. 23.

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