Federal prosecutors have charged Jeffrey Mindock, a 47-year-old Arizona Man, with making threats, including an email to a rabbi in Scottsdale, where he threatened harm to Jewish people.
In the email, he demanded the rabbi’s influence to have a Utah judge drop a state criminal case against him, stating, “If you do not use your influence to right this wrong, I will execute you and every other Jew I can find at midnight of your Sabbath,” according to a criminal complaint.
This incident follows warnings from U.S. officials about a rise in antisemitism, which has been linked to the Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza, sparked by terrorist attacks by Hamas on October 7.
While the threatening email mentions Palestinian issues, it also calls for the dismissal of the previous Utah criminal case against Mindock, as stated in an affidavit filed by an FBI agent.
The affidavit reveals that Mindock has been sending threatening emails since 2020, and he was previously arrested by Tempe police in 2021. In August 2020, he had made a complaint alleging that his neighbor was using the police against him.
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For the recent incident, Mindock is charged with one count of knowingly transmitting threats in interstate or foreign commerce. A federal public defender representing him has not yet responded to requests for comment.