South Florida Jewish parents relieved after suspect arrested in connection with US bomb threats

19-year-old believed to have made majority of threats

By Shyann Malone - Anchor/Reporter, Associated Press

DAVIE, Fla. - South Florida Jewish parents were relieved Thursday after a 19-year-old man was arrested by Israeli police in connection with a string of bomb threats targeting Jewish community centers and other institutions in the U.S.

The David Posnack Jewish Day School in Davie was evacuated twice this month after bomb threats were called in to the school.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld described the suspect as a hacker, but said his motives were still unclear. Israeli media identified him as an American-Israeli dual citizen and said he had been found unfit for compulsory service in the Israeli military.

The suspect was arrested Thursday morning at his home in southern Israel.

Authorities have not released his identity.

Reports from The Times of Israel indicated that the teen used voice-altering technology to call in threats to more than 100 JCCs, Jewish day schools and other Jewish institutions across the U.S.

His arrest put Jewish parents in South Florida a bit more at ease.

"Well, I felt safe all along. The school handled it impeccably," Karen Dombey said. "But it's good to know that somebody has been tapped for this."

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) commented on the arrest in a statement.

"They (the FBI) are working with the Israeli authorities who have arrested someone in Israel," Nelson said. "As the investigation continues, I have asked the FBI to ensure that this is the same individual responsible for the recent threats made to centers in Florida."

Police think the suspect is responsible for at least the majority of the threats, but it's unclear whether he was the person behind the threats in South Florida.

He is expected to appear in court Thursday afternoon in Israel.

He will likely be extradited to the U.S.

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