Man charged with making threatening calls to Florida Jewish centers

Jacksonville's Jewis Community Alliance among those threatened


ORLANDO, Fla. – An 18-year-old man with Israeli and U.S. citizenship has been formally charged with making threatening phone calls to Jewish community centers in the United States, including to one in Jacksonville.

Michael Ron David Kadar was charged by federal authorities in Florida and Georgia on Friday, a month after his arrest in Israel.

He faces 31 charges of making threatening calls and conveying false information to a police.

The Florida indictment says that, from January to March, Kadar made several threatening phone calls to Jewish community centers in Florida.

The calls stoked fears of rising anti-Semitism.

The criminal complaint lists more than a dozen bomb threats across Florida, including one at Jacksonville's Jewish Community Alliance, on Jan. 9.

The calls were made over a two-month span.

No explosives were ever found at any of the community centers, but most of them led to evacuations or lockdowns, while police investigated the threats.

Federal authorities say they are still investigating potential hate crime charges.

The Georgia indictment says he lied about an emergency at a home in Macon during a phone call to police dispatchers.

Online records showed no listed attorney for Kadar. He was arrested last month in Israel.