Man who barricaded himself inside building threatened members of church, police say

Police say Joseph Jorczak's ranted about LGBT church members on social media

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor
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MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - A man who barricaded himself inside an apartment building Wednesday in Miami Beach is facing charges after he harassed, cyberstalked and threatened members of the Miami Beach Community Church, authorities said.

According to an arrest report, Joseph Jorczak, 34, posted numerous comments on social media from Nov. 17 through Tuesday, where he said, "Orlando will look small to what is coming to Miami Beach, specifically the Miami Beach Community Church."

Police said Jorczak also directed his threats at the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and posted that the church was "filled with a bunch of sick homosexuals."

"The homosexuals at the Miami Beach Community Church taught me you cannot trust the L.G.B.Y. (sic) community. They are nasty people. They are a bunch of (expletive) at that church," one post read.

Police said Jorczak claimed that he was going to purchase an AR-15 and gunpowder and said that he was going to pray to God and "hopefully get justice and still be able to go to heaven."

"I'm not going to go out of this world like a punk," one post read. "I choose my battles, but I have no choice in this one."

A social media post also claimed that Jorczak had been diagnosed with a tumor and that "the best thing about knowing death is around the corner (is that) you can plan for it."

Police said a video was also uploaded by Jorczak to social media on how to make pure napalm in seconds.

Authorities said Jorczak lives at the building at 1632 Meridian Ave. that he barricaded himself in Wednesday, and the building is also frequented by the reverend of the Miami Beach Community Church and his family.

Police said the reverend has a protective order against Jorczak.

Jorczak was taken to a medical facility for evaluation after SWAT operators and hostage negotiators were able to get him to come outside.

He faces charges of aggravated stalking/cyberstalking and violation of a protective order.

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