Florida Man Accused of Making Anti-Semitic Phone Calls to Bagel Shop

Man accused of making anti-Semitic calls to Miami Beach bagel shop

A Florida man is accused of making threatening telephone calls that included anti-Semitic slurs to a Miami Beach bagel shop, WPLG reported.

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Jorge Mateo Rucinque, 26, of Miami, was arrested by Miami Beach police, the television station reported. He faces a charge of making threatening phone calls.

According to police, Rucinque made several calls to Bagel Time Cafe in Miami Beach. In an arrest report, police said Rucinque threatened to “explode the Jewish community.”

Rucinque, an Uber driver, allegedly told police he targeted Jewish businesses by searching the internet using key words such as “Jews” and “Kosher,” the Sun-Sentinel reported.

Yehoshua Nodel, the owner of Bagel Time Cafe, told WPLG that Rucinque’s threats were disturbing and he immediately called police.

"(He said) 'We're going to make sure you can't overpopulate like you are now and we're going to get rid of you,' basically," Nodel told the television station. "'I'm here. That's my mission.'

“Personally, I wouldn’t get a gun permit until today, but now I’m rethinking it, you know?” Nodel told WPLG. “Maybe it’s something I should have.”

Rucinque was booked and later released after posting a $500 bond, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

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