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Suspect of LGBT massacre threat to appear in court Tuesday

Craig Jungwirth to face federal charges over Facebook post

WILTON MANORS, Fla. – A man accused of threatening a massacre to hurt the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community during the Labor Day Weekend was at the Seminole County Jail, federal authorities said Sunday. 

Florida Highway Patrol troopers arrested Craig Jungwirth in Osceola County on Saturday for driving with a suspended license.

FBI agents identified him as the Facebook user who wrote the Aug. 30 threats referencing the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando and promising to "clean up" Wilton Manors. 

Jungwirth is expected to have his initial appearance on Tuesday at the Federal Courthouse in Orlando, according to FBI Special Agent Michael Leverock. 

U.S. Magistrate Judge Lurana S. Snow issued an arrest warrant in the threatening communications case on Saturday. 

An Airbnb user profile that appeared to be his claimed he was a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who had worked for Walt Disney Imagineering and Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi. 

"Come to London or Fort Lauderdale and gay Wilton Manors and let me show you the best that they have to offer," the Airbnb user identified as Jungwirth says. 

The FBI reported Jungwirth advertised himself as an event and party promoter in Wilton Manors and had a history of attempting to shut down competing events. 

Some of his tactics, according to the FBI, included creating false online profiles and falsely providing information to the police reporting his victims posed a danger to themselves or others. 

Members of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a group of South Florida drag queens, reportedly accused him of harassment and stalking before the threats.  

A person fearing for his physical safety was able to get a restraining order filed against him July 12, records show. 

Jungwirth has a pending case for not paying a bill two years ago at a business in Wilton Manors in Broward County. The 50-year-old was later accused of property damage at a business in Wilton Manors. 

Jungwirth's threats of an attack in Wilton Manors caused law enforcement agencies to increase security in South Florida.

FBI Miami and the Tampa Joint Terrorism Task Force, along with the Orlando Police Department, Osceola County Sheriff's Office, Orange County Sheriff's Office, Seminole County Sheriff's Office, Wilton Manors Police Department and the Florida Highway Patrol were part of the investigation.   

Jungwirth's attorney, Ron Baum, did not respond for comment.


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