Texas man faces up to five years in prison for threatening rabbis

A man from Texas is accused of directing death threats at Chabad rabbis, now he faces up to five years in prison.

According to a Friday statement of the US Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, 37-year-old Christopher Stephen Brown from Texas is accused of having directed death threats at three Chabad rabbis and charged with interstate threatening communications.

He allegedly repeatedly contacted Chabad, calling for the death of all Jews, threatening to murder members of the Beit Din (Jewish court) and in a YouTube video, he said Chabad’s chairman, vice chairman and the son of another member of the organisation must die, reports The Jerusalem Post. Later he made threats like “tear out rabbis’ eyes and tongues and kill as many as he could. He also said he would blow their heads off, according to the statement.

When the police tried to apprehend him in his flat, he resisted arrest, and his girlfriend physically engaged with the officers, aiming a gun at an FBI agent.

While Brown’s faces a maximum of five-year-long imprisonment, his girlfriend, Rebekah Jones, could be incarcerated for up to 20 years for assaulting a federal officer with a deadly weapon.

Authorities expressly denounced the alleged acts of Brown as a reprehensible display of antisemitism.