FLORIDA: Feds Drop “Weak Case” Against Gay Man Accused Of Making Terror Threat Against Gay Bars

The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reports:

Federal prosecutors are dropping the criminal case against a man accused of issuing a Facebook threat to “exterminate” gay people in South Florida, according to a court document filed Tuesday. The decision to drop the case against Craig Jungwirth comes about six weeks after prosecutors publicly acknowledged in court that the evidence against him was “weak.”

Jungwirth, 50, of Orlando and formerly of Wilton Manors, has been jailed since early September. He was arrested on allegations that he posted an online threat that read, in part: “None of you deserve to live. If you losers thought the Pulse nightclub shooting was bad, wait till you see what I’m planning for Labor Day.”

The Pulse nightclub in Orlando was the scene of a June 12 mass shooting that left 49 people dead and at least 68 injured. Jungwirth came under federal scrutiny Aug. 30 when a tipster sent law enforcement a screenshot of the alleged threat, which appeared to have been posted by Jungwirth, according to court documents.

Prosecutor Marc Anton filed a one-paragraph document Tuesday, announcing that prosecutors are dismissing the indictment, which was issued by a grand jury in late September. Prosecutors did not elaborate on the reasons for the decision in court records.

At a Nov. 15 hearing in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Anton told a judge that prosecutors had determined the evidence against Jungwirth was “weak” and circumstantial. But he said at the time that investigators were continuing to work on the case.

Investigators were not able to link the alleged threat to Jungwirth, who they said has about 59 Facebook profiles. One theory they were considering was the possibility that he had posted the threat from another profile.

Jungwirth apparently still faces charges of “criminal mischief” at a Wilton Manors gay bar and not paying for a meal at a nearby restaurant.

  • Nathan Broussard

    Lazy prosecutors

    • Gerry Fisher

      I doubt it.

  • OdieDenCO

    let’s hope they keep a close eye on him when he gets out. From the stories I remember hearing first hand here on JMG, he is 50 shades of crazy.

  • Superman

    Just look at him. He’s got the crazy eyes.

    • Jay Silversmith

      Looks more like meth eyes.

    • Cackalaquiano

      Meh, every photo of me ends up looking like that, so I can’t throw too many stones on this point.

    • Craig Howell

      He gives Michelle Bachmann a real run for her money.

  • Dramphooey

    My guess is there is no concrete evidence like a gun or any sort of explosive device. I also guess we need to hope he is nothing but a bully with rage issues.

    My third guess is he will soon find a job in the Trump administration.

    • Falconlights

      Why not? He’d feel right at home with all the deplorables and he and Flynn could feed each other’s paranoia. What could possibly go wrong?

    • zhera

      He’s too white to be a terrorist. Especially in Florida.

  • Oikos

    trump still has cabinet positions available. He would fit right in.

    • Chris Gardner

      Haha… yes, perhaps make him his LGBT community liaison?

    • Acronym Jim

      He sounds like Trump’s idea of a good federal judge.

  • He needs monitoring – but since it’s the gay community?

    • Gerry Fisher

      Our laws make it really hard to “monitor” anyone.

  • BeaverTales

    That’s the problem with people who eventually go postal. Keeping on top of all utterances and actions by armed nutjob loner types sounds like a full time job for several people, one that probably consumes hundreds to thousands of hours before anyone can make a “strong” case that there is a public (or private) danger.

    Hopefully he can at least get decent psych help for his anger issues, and hope his friends/family/community can keep a good eye on him until he does.

    • Gerry Fisher

      I had similar thoughts. The arrest created a cooling off period and a “we’re watching you” consequence. I hope he takes his meds. I hope all this is enought.

      • canoebum

        Weed. Copious amounts of weed.

    • Bill #drain that swamp?

      Sounds like he needs to come out too.

      • Palmer

        He’s married to a guy.

        • Judas Peckerwood

          Then he should definitely come out.

  • Djurisk
    • Chris Gardner

      How’d they get the head through the tiny jar opening?

      • Acronym Jim

        If you soak the head in brine, the bones eventually become more malleab….

        I mean, I have no idea.

        • Treant

          Almost any salt or even a mild lye or vinegar solution will do that.

          Er…Or so I’ve heard.

        • Trace

          I’m telling Mom!

          • Acronym Jim

            Good luck finding h…

            I mean, please don’t.

      • catherinecc

        It’s just a laserprinted picture šŸ˜‰

    • Uncle Mark

      That’s not what I meant when I was asking for some head earlier

  • clay

    crazy or criminal, always a difficult decision, made more difficult by his whiteness.

  • Falconlights

    Not trying to profile here and I realize no one looks their best in a mug shot, but he certainly looks like someone needs to keep an eye on him. I know that the police didn’t find concrete evidence like firearms or explosives. But what’s to say he couldn’t or wouldn’t procure them in future.

  • Eric Lewis

    No headscarf , no case … dismissed.

  • Chris Gardner

    Here in Fort Lauderdale, from what I hear, he has been involved in a number of shady business dealings.

  • Natty Enquirer

    He seems nice.

  • BillTheCat45

    “wait till you see what Iā€™m planning for Labor Day.ā€

    NOPE, NO THREATS THERE, NOPEY NOPE.

    Spineless cowards.

  • DumbHairyApe

    Oh, so you’re telling me there’s a chance that I could STILL drag my nutsack across his beard?

  • Deviancy Behavir

    All the reports and mayhem this asshole caused and they have nothing? This is crazy.

  • shrubs

    59 facebook profiles !

    • John Kusters

      I have trouble enough with just one. I can’t imagine trying to juggle fifty-eight additional ones.

    • leastyebejudged

      One for each personality !

      There are ad companies and PR companies that have thousands and thousands…

  • JellyDonut

    Love that Grindr profile pic

  • bmoore4026

    Sure, you can trust those eyes