A 43-year-old Jersey City man who police say was exhibiting emotionally disturbed behavior, has been charged in two incidents where he harassed and threatened people of the Jewish faith on Martin Luther King Drive, city officials said Wednesday.
The man, who was positively identified by a medical bracelet on his wrist, was taken into custody Sunday afternoon, city spokesman Stan Eason said.
In the first incident, the man made threats and used slurs to Jewish residents at a store, claiming he would “blow the establishment up,” Eason said. In the second incident, he’s charged with theft of a teenager’s hat, forcibly taking it off a 14-year-old’s head after claiming he was cold.
The suspect was taken into custody without resistance a few hours following the incidents and charged with harassment, bias intimidation, making terroristic threats, and theft, Eason said.