Florida man arrested for threatening to kill Jews

Paul Thomas Morris, 36, of Boca Raton acknowledged social-media accounts of his with disturbing messages


Boca Raton police cars (Photo by RHONA WISE/AFP via Getty Images)

Police in Florida have arrested a man after he made antisemitic social media posts, including threats to murder Jews.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department  arrested Paul Thomas Morris, 26, on June 14 in Boca Raton, Florida, after two of his friends reported social media threats to law enforcement.

When Detective C. Wells arrived at Morris’s residence, he spoke with the suspect’s roommate, who showed him social-media postings of Morris’s that included vowing to attack a synagogue and murder all the Jews, according to a probable cause affidavit that the sheriff’s office shared with JNS.

Morris allegedly wrote on Instagram: “I want Hitler to come back to kill all the Jews.”

He allegedly added on Discord, another social media platform, that “I’m shooting up a synagogue, yes all Jews,” and “If anyone is concerned about my well-being, this is where I am at: I want to scream ‘Kill all Jews’ at anyone I have ever known.”

The suspect’s roommate told the detective that Morris suffers from mental health issues but had never before threatened violence, per the affidavit.

When Wells confronted Morris, the suspect said he knew why the detective was there and acknowledged that the two accounts in question belonged to him. He also conceded that the statements could be seen as threatening, according to the affidavit.

Morris reportedly described his psychological problems as “major depression.”

On June 15, a judge set Morris’s bail at $25,000, though he remained in jail on Monday, per WPTV.

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