Man linked to anti-Semitic threats against NYC Jewish community to stand trial; friend released on bail

MIDTOWN, Manhattan (WABC) — The man accused of making online threats against the local Jewish community will face a judge on Sunday.

Police arrested Christopher Brown Saturday at Penn Station. “This person looked very distinctive and that’s what helped — great eyeballing by the MTA police,” Robert Boyce said.

He is charged with terrorist threats and possession of a weapon.

MTA PD Chief John Mueller released a statement Saturday saying in part,

“The tremendous policing here reflects MTA PD’s core purpose – to protect millions of daily commuters in cooperation with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners.”

Brown has been on the police radar for spewing anti-Semitic hate on social media, including his tweet last week in which he wrote, “want to ask a priest if I’m going to be a husband or blow up a synagogue”.

One of his latest messages indicated ‘big moves on Friday’.

Brown is from Aquebogue in Suffolk County, and his family told police he was allegedly on his way to town to buy a gun.

The other man involved, Matthew Mahrer, faced a charge of possessing a weapon. Police say he followed Brown on Saturday and they found a ghost gun in his apartment.

Mahrer went before a judge Saturday night and is currently being held on $150,000 bail.

Many in the Jewish community are already on edge after a disturbing threat was made online two weeks ago by a teenager in New Jersey.

Federal prosecutors are deciding whether more charges will be added to Brown’s case.

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