The FBI said Friday it had identified the source of a threat to New Jersey synagogues that led to a public warning Thursday saying the person no longer poses a danger.
“After receiving information about threats against an unspecified synagogue in the New Jersey area, the FBI has notified community leaders and our law enforcement partners,” the FBI Newark said in a statement. pronunciation.
“We have identified the source of the threat that no longer poses a threat to the community. As always, we would like to remind the public to remain vigilant and if they see any suspicious activity, immediately report it to the police.”
The FBI interviewed a man linked to the threat who may have autism and said he had been bullied, multiple law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation told NBC New York.
He spoke to law enforcement officers about anger he said he had toward Jewish people, but reportedly said he wouldn’t hurt them because he didn’t want to get in trouble, NBC New York reported.
The FBI’s Newark office announced the threat Thursday afternoon in a… pronunciation and told the public to stay alert.
“The FBI has received credible information about a broad threat to synagogues in NJ. We ask that you take all security measures at this time to protect your community and facility,” the statement said. “We will share more information as soon as possible. Stay vigilant. Call the police in an emergency.”
In a follow-up tweet, the FBI said, “We are taking proactive action with this warning as investigative processes are conducted.”
Two senior law enforcement officers told NBC News on Thursday that there was no evidence of a specific plot for New Jersey synagogues.
Governor Phil Murphy said in a statement Friday that while the specific threat could be mitigated, officials will remain vigilant amid a wave of anti-Semitism.
“I am grateful to the FBI, as well as state law enforcement partners, including the Attorney General, the State Police, and the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, for their tireless efforts to mitigate the immediate threat to our Jewish synagogues,” the spokesperson said. . statement said.
“While this particular threat can be mitigated, we know that this remains a tense time for our Jewish communities as they face a wave of anti-Semitic activity. We will not be indifferent. We will remain vigilant.”
State Attorney General Matthew Platkin said on Thursday patrols would be increased in certain areas of the state deemed vulnerable, Platkin said.
“Some of these patrols will be in flagged vehicles and others will not – but don’t be alarmed if you see an increase in police presence as we are taking these steps with great caution,” Platkin said in the statement.
The Anti-Defamation League, a non-profit organization that tracks and controls anti-Semitic activity, said in a Thursday tweet it partnered with the FBI as it mobilized in response to the “credible threat” and urged synagogues to remain vigilant.
“It was a non-specific threat,” Scott Richman, the director of the ADL New York and New Jersey office, told NBC News on Thursday. “We have a system in place to make sure that the word is out and that all players are involved and mobilized. But in that environment you have to be careful.”