Feds indict New Middletown man for Youngstown JCC threat
A federal grand jury on Friday handed up an indictment charging James Reardon with transmitting a threatening communication and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime.
Reardon of New Middletown is accused of posting a video to Instagram in which he is seen firing a weapon with the caption "Police identified the Youngstown Jewish Family Community shooter as white nationalist Seamus O'Reardon," designed to look like a mock news headline.
The post was initially reported to New Middletown police, who contacted Springfield Township police, the Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Task Force and the FBI.
Reardon was arrested following a search of his New Middletown residence, where police found two AR-15s, a rifle with a bayonet, knives and an anti-tank gun, along with Nazi memorabilia. He was featured in a documentary for his participation in the 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville that resulted in the death of one woman.
Reardon remains in the custody of U.S. Marshals as he awaits arraignment on the indictment.