FBI: Man confessed to posting anti-Semitic threats at Jewish deli

Updated: 03/10/2014 1:05 PM | Created: 03/10/2014 11:51 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

FBI agents say the man accused of posting anti-Semitic threats on a Jewish deli's door confessed to posting them and to hating Jews, according to the criminal complaint.

John Ng, 58, was arrested over the weekend on a charge of interference with a federally protected right of religion. He is expected to appear in court on Monday.

The FBI identified Ng as a possible suspect when they received a tip from an apartment complex employee.

The Prairie Hill Apartment Complex employee told the FBI that Ng blamed "the Jews" for a black eye he had in January and also said "The Jews are putting something in my food. Those [expletive] Jews put something in my food."

Agents said Ng confessed to posting the anti-Semitic notes on Nosh's door when they interviewed him. Ng allegedly said he targeted the deli because he thought it would be the best location for as many Jews as possible to see his message.

Ng also told agents that a Jewish doctor diagnosed him as suffering from a bipolar mental illness. According to the criminal complaint, Ng said he believes Jews have been drugging him for at least 20 years.

Agents also found a stack of U.S. mail labels that matched those used in the Nosh vandalism case.

When agents told Ng he had to stop posting threats, Ng told them he wasn't sure he could, according the criminal complaint.

Days after agents interviewed Ng, another anti-Semitic threat was found written on a U.S. mail label stuck to a vehicle parked at Ng's apartment complex.

Alisa Turtletaub, owner of Nosh deli, says Ng's arrest is a step toward justice after an ugly crime.

"In order for the system to work, you have to have people who are willing to participate," she said. "I would testify if I needed to. I hope this sends a message."

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