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Colorado Man Arrested Over Social Media Post Containing Gun Pointed at Jewish Men Praying


31-year-old Corbin Kauffman of Lehighton has been charged with interstate transmission of threats to injure the person of another.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Kauffman posted a threatening image on a social media website on March 13, 2019. The image was a digitally-created image of Kauffman’s arm and hand aiming an AR-15 rifle at a congregation of praying Jewish men, gathered in what appears to be a synagogue.

Kauffman reportedly used various aliases online to post hundreds of antisemitic, anti-black, and anti-Muslim messages, images, and videos. Several of these posts, like the one charged in the information, included threats to various religious and racial groups. Other posts allegedly expressed a desire to commit genocide and “hate crimes,” and called for or depicted images of the killing of Jewish people, black people, and Muslim people.

Freed says Kauffman also created and posted videos combining footage of a mass shooting at a Christchurch, New Zealand mosque with various audio tracks to celebrate the shooting, including video game sound effects and music.

Kauffman allegedly posted pictures of acts of vandalism he committed, including the defacement of a display case at the Chabad Lubavitch Jewish Center in Ocean City, Maryland with white supremacist and antisemitic stickers.

Kauffman faces additional state charges in Pennsylvania and potentially in Maryland for those acts.