Craig Jungwirth has finally been arrested – again.
Last week SFGN reported that an arrest warrant had been issued against Jungwirth in April, yet despite knowing his current address, he still had not been taken into custody.
Four days after the SFGN story appeared, Jungwirth was finally arrested in Orange County for a violation of probation. It’s still unclear what took so long for authorities to apprehend him.
“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 last week. “The warrant is also added to a national database that law enforcement officers can check when coming into contact with a person.”
Jungwirth is infamous for allegedly threatening a Pulse-style attack against the LGBT community in Wilton Manors. He was eventually arrested, but the charges were later dropped after prosecutors determined the case against him to be “weak.”
According to the current arrest warrant signed on April 19, Jungwirth violated the terms of his probation by violating a no-contact order with the victim of his crimes, local businessman Nick Berry, the owner of Rumors and Courtyard Café in Wilton Manors.
In April Jungwirth allegedly posted messages on the Facebook page of Rumors about BeachBear weekend, an event he has organized in the past. He also posted 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.”
The warrant also noted Jungwirth had failed to undergo a 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 misdemeanor 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.