A Florida man who threatened to shoot up a local synagogue and has said publicly that he hates Jews was apprehended on Friday by the FBI.
Hanson Larkin, 25, was in an Orlando federal court the same day, charged with making threats through interstate communication to, according to police, a Jewish man that included: “If meeting me for five seconds is not worth the lives of multiple Jews then I have no other option” and “There’s a Chabad near me. And Amtrak has no security for weapons. Don’t make me make a choice they’ll regret.”
A Jewish male, Lizardo Rivas, 44, allegedly rejected advances from Larkin and notified authorities of the threats.
Rivas said he has communicated with Larkin for two years, and that the suspect has expressed bigotry towards Jews and had suicidal thoughts.
Larkin appeared in court again on Tuesday and was denied bail. He could face up to five years behind bars if convicted.