Man accused of threatening to kill Weston rabbi

Jonathan Robrish sent written threat to Chabad of Weston director, warrant says

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor, Terrell Forney - Reporter

WESTON, Fla. - A 42-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after he threatened to hurt or kill a Weston rabbi, authorities said.

Jonathan Robrish "did intentionally write or compose and send or procure the sending of a letter, inscribed communication or electronic communication containing a threat to kill or to do bodily injury" to Rabbi Yisroel Spalter, according to an arrest warrant obtained Thursday by Local 10 News.

Spalter is the director and spiritual leader of the Chabad of Weston.

The letter was allegedly sent on Sept. 11.

The warrant was obtained last month, but Robrish was arrested Wednesday by the Broward Sheriff's Office.

Robrish faces a charge of written threats to kill. He was being held on a $70,000 bond at the main Broward County jail.

Records show Robrish faces similar accusations in Miami-Dade County.

Court records show three open cases allegedly involving members of a different synagogue, who launched stalking and domestic violence claims.

Robrish is an attorney, who recently had his law license to practice in New Jersey revoked.

The man has strong ties to South Florida, but his exact connection to the synagogue in Weston remains unclear.

"It's been hard for him as far as not being able to take clients. Literally, he's had no source of income," Robrish's defense attorney said.

Robrish told the judge he does "at-will work with clients."
 

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