Arrest made in suspicious letters sent to Colorado JCC, synagogue


(JTA) — A Boulder man was arrested for sending letters containing white powder that turned out to be “benign” to two Jewish organizations in the Colorado city.

Jeffrey Thomas Klinkel, 32, was sent to Boulder County Jail on Thursday night on suspicion of two counts of felony menacing, two counts of interfering with an educational institution, and two counts of using a hoax explosive or biological weapon, the Boulder Daily Camera reported.

On April 6, the Boulder JCC received a letter that read, “This Goyim is enjoying the blood of her enemies for Passover” and contained a suspicious white powder later determined to be cornstarch.

Soon after, on the same day, Congregation Har HaShem received a similar letter with the white powder.

At the time, employees who came in contact with the letter were put under quarantine.

Klinkel has an extensive criminal record that includes arrests for assault, harassment, burglary, trespassing and fraud. He is in custody and is being held on a $10,000 bond.

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