Federal prosecutors dropped a criminal case against a man accused of issuing social media threats against the LGBT community.
In a court document filed Tuesday, the U.S. government dismissed an indictment against Craig Jungwirth, 50, of Orlando. The decision came six weeks after prosecutors admitted the case against Jungwirth was “weak.”
“I am disappointed they could not find enough evidence to proceed,” said Wilton Manors Vice Mayor Justin Flippen.
Jungwirth was arrested Sept. 4 by the FBI in Orlando. He was extradited to Broward County where he faced charges of sending threatening messages via Facebook.
One of the more alarming posts attributed to Jungwirth read: “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.” In another post Jungwirth allegedly wrote, “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 any of the 59 Facebook profiles Jungwirth had access to. Prosecutors are barred from proceeding with a case where they do not believe they can prove the allegations in court.
Jungwirth was facing 10 to 16 years in federal prison if convicted.
"So he actually has to harm someone or do something more drastic to be prosecuted?," Wilton Manors resident Anthony Johnson said. "What's the point of having a political system in place if they let people back on the streets who threaten to take lives of others?"
Johnson, a health care advocate, said he has interacted with Jungwirth.
"I had my run in with this guy and, let me tell you, I would not put it past him to follow through with his threats," Johnson said.
Meanwhile, Jungwirth remains jailed in Broward County with no bond on two unrelated misdemeanor charges.
“Those charges are not being dropped and it is my hope the court will move forward and he will answer for the crimes he committed,” said Flippen.
Flippen said he had “brief contact” with Jungwirth when Jungwirth was promoting Beach Bear Weekend to the City of Wilton Manors. He said he did not feel intimidated by Jungwirth and described him as someone who “did not understand” the city’s role in special events.
Jungwirth is also accused of failing to pay a food and drink bill at a Wilton Manors restaurant in 2014 and damaging windows at Rumors Bar & Grill in Wilton Manors last May.