Man accused of threatening Wilton Manors gay community back behind bars

Craig Jungwirth, 51, accused of violating terms of probation

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor , Carlos Suarez - Anchor/Reporter

WILTON MANORS, Fla. - A man accused of posting threatening comments about the Wilton Manors gay community on social media is back behind bars for violating the terms of his probation, authorities said.

Craig Jungwirth, 51, appeared in court Monday, where he was ordered held without bond.

"It looks like they have alleged a violation of probation on a misdemeanor and that's a no bond hold. I do find probable cause for your arrest," Broward County Judge Melinda Kirsch Brown told Jungwirth. 

The misdemeanor charge stems from a case involving the owner of Rumors Bar and Grill and Courtyard Cafe, Nick Berry.

Jungwirth pleaded guilty in January to charges that he skipped out on a bill and later vandalized Rumors in 2016. 

"Are you surprised that he finds himself back in jail?" Local 10 News reporter Carlos Suarez asked Berry.

"Not at all," Berry said. "He's mentally unstable, you know? I'm just happy he was back in jail so we could have a happy Stonewall and everybody felt safe."

Jungwirth was indicted by a grand jury last year after he was accused of having threatened to orchestrate a Labor Day attack that would be bigger than the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando that killed 49 people.

"None of you deserve to live. If you losers thought the Pulse nightclub shooting was bad, wait till you see what I'm planning for Labor Day," one post read, according to court documents.

Federal prosecutors dropped the charges against him in January, but police said Jungwirth remains under federal investigation.

Berry said said Jungwirth recently posted on his business social media page, and Wilton Manors residents got in contact with Jungwirth's probation officer.

"He was on a 1-year probation," Berry said. "He got credit for time served, but he was on 6 months probation for each incident. He violated it by contacting me on social media." 

Berry told Local 10 News last year that Jungwirth had become deranged and angry with many in the community.

"Even though he's gay, and he's attacking gays, this is clearly a hate crime," Berry said after the online threats were made. "It's clearly, I think, a domestic terrorist threat."

A year later, Jungwirth's actions have not changed many people's perceptions of him.

"He can be a scary and intimidating guy," Berry said. "He's been known to possess weapons, and with his mental health the way it is, he's loose cannon."

Jungwirth was taken into custody last week in Orange County and was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on Sunday.
 

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