Six weeks ago a Broward Circuit Judge issued an arrest warrant for Craig Jungwirth’s arrest for violating the conditions of his misdemeanor probation.
He remains free.
While Craig Jungwirth spent nearly six months in prison for allegedly publishing ‘terroristic threats’ against the LGBT community in Wilton Manors, it does not appear to have created any urgency in the ranks of local law enforcement agencies.
“In general, when a warrant is issued attempts are made to bring the person in custody,” a spokesperson for the Broward Sheriff’s Office told SFGN. “The warrant is also added to a national database that law enforcement officers can check when coming into contact with a person.”
In a weird coincidence Jungwirth appeared in court, on an unrelated matter, on April 20, one day after the arrest warrant was signed, but no one knew about it.
On that day, he was in court on a civil matter related to BeachBear weekend. Jungwirth made news by hiding in a public restroom in order to avoid a process server trying to hand him copies of a lawsuit against him.
On-duty sheriff deputies had to coax him out of the family bathroom facility. But in all likelihood they were unaware of the outstanding warrant.
"It can take a day or two for the clerk’s system to update,” said attorney Russell Cormican, the lawyer suing Jungwirth. “Further, we were in court on a civil matter and civil litigants are not routinely checked for warrants when they attend court. They don’t check everyone who walks into the courthouse for warrants. Had I known about it, I could’ve tipped off the courthouse deputies.”
It’s unclear why Jungwirth can’t be apprehended or found, since he’s on probation at a known address in Orlando.
According to the arrest warrant signed on April 19, Jungwirth violated the terms of his probation in two ways, first by violating a no-contact order with the victim of his crimes, local businessman Nick Berry, the owner of Courtyard Café and Rumors in Wilton Manors.
In April, however, Jungwirth allegedly posted messages on the Facebook page of Rumors about Beachbear Weekend as well as messages noting that he was going to run for mayor of Wilton Manors.
“I did not respond to him,” Berry said. “I didn’t even try to get his probation violated. His probation officer reached out to me and I confirmed the posts.”
In entering the warrant for his arrest, the court also added that Jungwirth had failed to undergo a timely mental health assessment, a second and mandatory condition of his probation.
In January of this year, Jungwirth pleaded guilty to two second degree misdemeanors. He was sentenced to a year’s probation.
The first misdemeanors charge, in 2015, dealt with Jungwirth’s skipping out on his bill from the Courtyard Cafe. He was also charged with criminal mischief from an incident in 2016 when Jungwirth defaced the windows at Rumors with paint.
As for his alleged threats against the Wilton Manors LGBT community in January Federal prosecutors dropped those charges against Jungwirth. Jungwirth was initially arrested Sept. 4, 2016 by the FBI in Orlando. He was extradited to Broward County where he faced charges of sending threatening messages via Facebook.
Some of the more alarming messages Jungwirth allegedly sent: “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.” Another message read: “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.”
Ultimately, federal investigators were not able to link the threats to Jungwirth despite the messages being sent from Facebook profiles named after Jungwirth. He had been facing 10 to 16 years in prison if convicted.