Feds: N.Y. man made anti-Semitic death threats to Stratford man
STRATFORD — A New York resident faces federal charges after he allegedly made anti-Semitic death threats to a Stratford resident, according to authorities.
Christopher Rascoll, 48, of Blauvelt, N.Y., was arrested in New York City on June 26, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney for Connecticut John Durham. Rascoll appeared Monday before a federal judge in Bridgeport and was ordered detained.
The federal criminal complaint alleges that on Dec. 23, 2019, during Hanukkah, Rascoll started to send the victim, who authorities said is Jewish, “threatening text messages.”
In several of the messages, which continued through May, officials said, Rascoll “threatened to murder or seriously injure the victim. He also threatened to blow up the victim’s house and car.”
Authorities said some of Rascoll’s threatening text messages “contained anti-Semitic references to the Holocaust.”
When the messages began on Dec. 23, 2019, authorities said, Rascoll made a reference to a gas chamber.
On April 8, Rascoll wrote, “I’m going to kill you,” to the victim, officials said.
Rascoll was charged with interference with the right to fair housing and two counts of threatening communications. The former, a hate crime, carries a maximum term of 10 years in federal prison and the latter offenses carries a maximum term of five years in prison on each count.
The matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with help from local police in Stratford.