Florida Man Allegedly Makes Harassing Phone Calls To Business, Threatens To 'Explode The Jewish Community'

A Florida man has been arrested and charged with making telephone threats after allegedly calling a Miami Beach business and threatening the Jewish community.

According to the Miami Herald, 26-year-old Jorge Rucinque used his cell phone to search for "Jews" and "kosher" and located the Bagel Time Cafe, a deli that includes some kosher menu items.

"The defendant made several disturbing statements causing the victim and establishment to be afraid for their safety. The victim believed that the defendant stated, 'I will ... explode the Jewish community.'" the Herald reported, citing an arrest warrant for Runcinque. Runcinque reportedly admitted to police that he used the search terms in order to target the Jewish community.

According to WPLG, Runcinque made multiple calls to the cafe on Monday, telling the owner's wife, who was not named, that Jews were taking over the world and his mission was to stop them.

"(He said,) 'We're going to make sure you can't overpopulate like you are now and we're going to get rid of you,' basically. 'I'm here. That's my mission,'" Yehoshua Nodel, the cafe owner, told WPLG.

Runcinque's threats disturbed Nodel's wife and she hung up the phone on him and then called the police, WFOR reported.

"He was just making insinuations, because the fact that they were Jewish, the victim said she understood the individual say he wants to blow up the Jewish community. Just a lot of disturbing statements," Miami Beach Police Officer Ernesto Rodriguez said.

Runcinque was booked into the Miami-Dade County's Turner Guildford Knight Correctional Center and issued a bond of $500. He has since been released.

The incident comes days after the Anti-Defamation League released its annual report on anti-Semitism in the United States. According to the 2018 study, 1,879 incidents occurred against Jews and Jewish organizations or institutions, a 5 percent decrease compared to the 1,986 reports from 2017.

The study states that 1,066 reports involved cases of harassment while 774 were cases of vandalism. Cases of anti-semitism have more than doubled since 2013, when 751 incidents were reported. The 2018 total is the third-highest total since the ADL began keeping records in the 1970s.

Two mass shootings targeting Jews, at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennslyvania and Chabad Synagogue in Poway, California, killed 12 people and injured 10 others.

An estimated 6.8 million Jews reside in the United States, the ADL study says, making up roughly 2.1 percent of the country's population.

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