September 8, 2016

Jungwirth faces federal charges for posting threatening Facebook messages

By Katina Caraganis

Wilton Manors A Florida man who threatened a Pulse – like massacre in Wilton Manors over the Labor Day weekend has been arrested and is being charged with a federal crime, authorities announced Sunday afternoon.

Craig Allen Jungwirth, 50, is accused of violating a law of interstate commerce when he posted threatening Facebook messages targeting the gay community.

Wilton Manors Police Chief Paul O’Connell said at a press conference Sunday Jungwirth is being held on a federal charge that prohibits sending “any communication containing any threat to kidnap any person or any threat to injure the person of another.” He could face up to five years in prison.

According to the police, Jungwirth wrote a number of disturbing things on Facebook, including a post from Aug. 30 saying that if people thought Pulse was bad, they should wait to see what he had in store for Labor Day weekend.

The FBI discovered Jungwirth Wednesday afternoon walking outside a home in Orlando he shares with his mother. When asked whether he knew why they were there looking for him, he said he did not, according to the affidavit.

When investigators attempted to showed Jungwirth the Facebook posts, he said he did not want to see them and denied posting them. He then refused to speak with authorities and asked that all questions be directed toward his attorney.

Local police say Jungwirth has been the subject of numerous complaints involving harassment and stalking of resident.

“We are grateful for the vigilance of our community and friends across city and state lines who have already presented information to assist us and our law enforcement partners throughout this ongoing investigation,” O’Connell said. “The collaborative investigative efforts have helped the FBI bring the case to fruition and apprehend Mr. Jungwirth.”

Jungwirth, being held in the Seminole County Jail, is expected to make his initial appearance Tuesday in federal court in Orlando, according to the FBI.

Prior to being taken into custody, Jungwirth on Saturday was arrested for driving on a suspended license.

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