A week after he set off a South Florida firestorm by allegedly threatening to massacre gays in a 'Pulse-like' attack on a Wilton Manors nightclub, Craig Jungwirth is under arrest, this time for some very serious charges.
The FBI has speedily accused Jungwirth of making online terrorist threats, a federal crime.
At a hearing in Orlando's United States District Court on Tuesday, a federal judge will decide if Jungwirth is even entitled to a bond. For a host of reasons, he may not be.
Here is why.
First, at his initial hearing, federal prosecutors have a right to detain him automatically for 72 hours, while they amass information showing he is a flight risk or danger to the community.
Both arguments can be validated. Along with the lethal potential of his present threats, Jungwirth has a sordid past of placing others in fear of their own safety. It has led to judicially ordered restraining orders against him by three different judges in three different states, all in recent years.
Additionally, his residential history is sketchy at best. He has been evicted from apartments in Broward, and in Orlando he lied to the court about his address, listing as his home a self storage warehouse. Then he provided the State of Florida with a Walnut Creek, California address on a corporate filing. That's not good if you are trying to provide a judge with a reliable address. If you are out on bond, courts want to know where you are.
Secondly, compounding his criminal legal problems, Jungwirth has two pending criminal charges against him in Broward.
While already out on bond for a charge of defrauding an innkeeper, Jungwirth was subsequently arrested and charged for criminal mischief.
Last week, businessman Nick Berry, the victim in both cases, notified the state attorney of a second case. Mike Satz's office had been unaware of the same. Their bad.
When you are out on bond, and get arrested on a new charge, the court, on its own, or upon the petition of a state attorney, can revoke your bond or alter the conditions of your release.
On Friday, a Broward County judge issued a warrant for Jungwirth. What this means is that when Jungwirth appears in court on Tuesday, he will already have an arrest pending in another county on an outstanding warrant, making it even less likely that a court would immediately release him.
If that wasn't enough, there’s more. A local businessman, Jeff Black, has filed an application for a new restraining order against Jungwirth for allegations of yet new potential threats to his person and safety. In my opinion, the jurist assigned to the case erred in failing to grant Black an 'ex parte' restraining order on the spot. He could have and should have.
Additionally, there is anther recently documented incident where Jungwirth had threatened Pink Submarine's Dawn Holloway.
Finally, the simple fact that he was stopped last week for driving on an eight year old suspended license, another misdemeanor, drives another nail into the bail application.
Faced with a multiplicity of incidents, all involving threats to individuals, it is my conclusion that Jungwirth will be denied a bond release in the immediate future. I have been a criminal defense lawyer 40 years, and I sure would not let the guy out. If he in any way is subsequently or eventually released, you can bet it will be with an electronic monitoring device strapped to his ankle.
The truth is, as SFGN revealed earlier this year in our expose of Jungwirth's Beach Bear Weekend's frauds, he is seriously unhinged and probably mentally compromised. He has become a threat and danger to others, let alone himself. He had my staff locking our door, and me, making sure my .357 magnum was accessible, locked and loaded.
In the end, as in the beginning, Craig Jungwirth has been his own worst enemy, himself setting into motion all the factors that warrant his present incarceration. He tried to perpetrate a fraud but got caught.
A little credit is due also to both Jeff Black and Robert Young, the former host of Beach Bear Weekend. Both men, along with Nick Berry, overcame public and professional apathy to press their case against Jungwirth at every level.
I am proud SFGN joined in that effort. That is what a community newspaper is supposed to do. Ultimately, we are all in this together.
Read SFGN's coverage of Jungwirth here SFGN.com/Jungwirth