UPDATE Sunday 4:30 P.M.:
Craig Jungwirth has been arrested by the FBI – that should be a relief to many, especially people in Wilton Manors. After a week of what appeared to be a never-ending saga Jungwirth, the man accused of making online threats against the LGBT community this week, is finally behind bars and charged with a federal crime.
“This has been a collaborative and intense investigation which utilized the US Attorney’s Office, Secret Service, FBI, Orlando JTTF, Ft. Lauderdale PD and WMPD,” said Wilton Manors Police Chief Paul O’Connell. “The team worked endlessly throughout the week to piece together probable cause for the arrest of the subject. Now we let the criminal justice system take its course.”
Jungwirth, 50, is accused of violating a law of interstate commerce that prohibits sending "any communication containing any threat to kidnap any person or any threat to injure the person of another."
About a week ago someone using a Facebook profile with the name Craig Jungwirth sent this message online:
“My events are selling out cause you faggots are total patsies. 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 message read. Another: “I’m gonna be killing you fags faster than cops kill niggers. It’s time to clean up Wilton Manors from all you AIDS infested losers.”
Those are just a couple of the threatening messages that were sent from a profile with the name Craig Jungwirth. The messages quickly went viral alarming the LGBT community. Multiple people contacted local police departments as well as the FBI.
It’s unclear what prompted the exchange, but Jungwirth has a history of harassing people and has been accused of stalking in the past.
According to a report from the FBI on Aug. 30 the Miami FBI division was contacted by local law enforcement, other FBI offices, and members of the public concerned about the online threats. On Aug. 31 FBI spoke to Jungwirth in Orlando where he denied making any threats. But the FBI subpoenaed Facebook in order to verify Jungwirth did in fact own the Facebook profile in question.
Now Jungwirth is being held in Seminole County Jail, and is expected to make his first appearance Tuesday in federal court in Orlando.
UPDATE Saturday 9 P.M.: SFGN has learned Craig Jungwirth is now in custody in Orange County on charges unrelated to the recent online threats, according to the Wilton Manors police chief. Meanwhile earlier today a judge in Broward county separately issued an arrest warrant for Jungwirth also unrelated to the online threats. According to the Sun Sentinel "an emergency hearing before Broward County Judge Ginger Lerner Wren was called to revoke the bond of Craig Jungwirth, 50, on an unrelated pending misdemeanor case. The move would essentially keep Jungwirth jailed without bond."
UPDATE Thursday 10 A.M.: SFGN spoke to the Wilton Manors Police Department on Craig Jungwirth's whereabouts and status. Jungwirth has been interviewed by the FBI; he is NOT in the Tri-county area and he is NOT in custody. "In the meantime ... WMPD and our local law enforcement partners will provide extra patrol visibility for our community throughout the holiday weekend," the WMPD police chief said.