Tipped off by someone who saw comments in a chat room, police in California arrested a 23-year-old man planning a mass shooting attack against Jews.
Ross Anthony Farca of Concord posted the threats on a popular gaming website. Authorities say he was planning a copycat attack of the Philadelphia Tree of Life Pittsburgh synagogue attack as well as the more recent attack against members of the Chabad synagogue in Poway, California.
He was charged with threatening to indiscriminately kill Jewish people.
A search of Farca’s home, which he shared with his mother, revealed an illegally built AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, 13 magazines, a three-foot sword, camouflage clothing and books about Hitler Youth and Nazi life.
Relieved neighbors reported they were concerned about Farca’s behavior for years, saying he had the potential for violence.
Authorities says he intended to wear a Nazi uniform during the attack. A further search of his posts revealed that he referred to the Christchurch mosque shooter who killed 51 in a attack as a hero.
Detectives also obtained an emergency Gun Violence Restraining Order against Farca to prevent him from legally purchasing any more firearms if released on bail, which was set at $125,000.