The LGBT community in South Florida is on edge after a man posted threatening social media post promising to re-enact a Pulse-like tragedy on Labor Day.
“I'm gonna be killing you faster than cops kill n**gers,” Craig Jungwirth wrote in one post. “It's time to clean up Wilton Manors from all you AIDS-infested losers.”
“None of you deserve to live,” read another of Jungwirth's posts. “If you losers thought the Pulse nightclub shooting was bad, wait till you see what I'm planning for Labor Day.”
Strangely enough, the man himself is gay.
After the messages started circulating, some clubs in Broward County, Florida, like Rumors Bar and Grill are tightening security with armed guards.
Nick Berry, owner of the bar, is understandably concerned by the threats.
“He wants to do bigger than the Orlando massacre and he wants to come down here and do it in Wilton manors,” he said.
He also said he had dealt with Jungwirth in the past and had a pending criminal complaint against the suspect for vandalism.
Wilton Manors Police Chief Paul O'Connell said they know the location of Jungwirth and have made contact with him. On Wednesday, the Fort Lauderdale city commissioner confirmed the suspect had been taken into custody near Orlando — the site where the Pulse club LGBT massacre took place and that too by a reportedly gay man — but police were still investigating the man’s claims.
“We have to put pieces of the puzzle together to establish probable cause that he's committed a crime,” O'Connell said. “They are alarming and in a community like Wilton Manors when you mention the word Pulse in the context in which he's mentioned it, you hit a raw nerve and so our community is extremely upset.”
Jungwirth has an extensive criminal record within the gay community. In March, Jungwirth, who had been evicted by his landlord in Wilton Manors, was slammed with civil restraining orders in three states and arrested for stalking charges in Broward County, according to the South Florida Gay News.
He had been extorting money from gullible tourists online while acting as director of a local event called Beach Bear Weekend and taking money for things that weren’t for sale like rentals for beach chairs. A Florida resident also claimed Jungwirth harassed people who asked him for a refund after they discovered his scam.
Police asked people to call them with information if Jungwirth ever threatened them.
Jungwirth’s Facebook profile has since been deleted.