NEW YORK, NY — (12-07-21) — A 74-year-old New Yorker was arrested and charged Monday for threatening to attack the New York City Pride March back in June with “firepower” that would “make the 2016 Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting look like a cakewalk,”.
Identified as Robert Fehring of Long Island by police, Fehring is charged with allegedly sending letters to LGBTQ+ organizations, businesses, and community members over the past 8 years, threatening assault, bomb scares and sniper attacks for simply being gay, according to an unsealed criminal complaint released on Monday.
He was released on $100,000 bond and placed on home detention with location monitoring. He is not permitted to have any firearms or other destructive devices. Fehring is also not permitted to have contact with any victims and may not go to certain locations he threatened.
In one letter, Robert Fehring threatened this year’s New York City Pride March, held back in June, writing that there would “be radio-controlled devices placed at numerous strategic places,” which in his words, would do far more damage than the gay Pulse Nightclub massacre generated where 49 people were killed and dozens more wounded.
He also allegedly sent a letter to the organizer of a June Pride event in East Meadow, N.Y. saying quote…“We were right there you…FREAK!!! They couldn’t get a shot off at you, slithering around the back stage area like a snake. Too many cops. Very disappointed. But your time has come. . .. They are out to KILL you….and your boyfriend. You are being watched. No matter how long it takes, you will be taken out…. high-powered bullet…. bomb….knife…. whatever it takes,” the letter said.
“As alleged, the defendant’s hate-filled invective and threats of violence directed at members of the LGBTQ+ community have no place in our society and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Breon Peace, in a statement released to JRL CHARTS LGBT Politics News.
Members of the FBI’s Civil Rights Squad and the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested Fehring at his home on Nov. 18, according to a Department of Justice news release.
Investigators found recent Pride event photos in his home along with two shotguns, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, two stun guns, and a stamped envelope addressed to an LGBTQ+ affiliated attorney with the remains of a dead bird inside of it.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer
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