California man suspected of threatening
synagogue free on bond
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[June 18, 2019]
(Reuters) - California police have
arrested a man suspected of making online threats to shoot up a Jewish
temple, saying he had a fascination with Adolf Hitler and planned to
emulate a mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh and a similar one
near San Diego.
Police said on Monday that Ross Farca, 23, of Concord, Ca., was freed on
a bond of $125,000 over the weekend, after being charged with making
criminal threats, possession of an illegal assault rifle and
manufacturing an assault rife, all felonies.
Police have been tight-lipped about the case, announcing on Friday that
Farca was arrested on June 10 and held in the Contra Costa County Jail.
Farca pleaded not guilty to all charges at an arraignment last week,
according to the East Bay Times.
The newspaper and other media said Farca had posted online that he
wanted to mimic the gunman in the San Diego incident, "except with a
Nazi uniform on," and aimed for a body count of "at least 30," using
anti-Semitic slurs throughout.
In the San Diego incident in April, a gunman walked into the Chabad of
Poway crowded with Sabbath worshippers, and opened fire with an
assault-style rifle, killing one woman and wounding three people.
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That followed a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, last October, which killed 11 worshippers.
Police said they did not find any ammunition during a search last
week of Farca's home that uncovered empty high-capacity magazines,
camouflage clothing, a sword and Nazi literature.
The FBI is also investigating the case, Concord police said in
statement on Facebook.
It was unclear early on Monday if Farca was represented by an
attorney. His next court date is June 25.
(Reporting by Rich McKay in Atlanta; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)
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