New Charges For Man In NYC Pride Parade Bomb Threat

Long Island’s News12 reports:

A 74-year-old Bayport man accused of mailing threatening letters to members of the LGBTQ community on Long Island and in New York City is facing new charges. After facing a federal judge Monday, 74-year-old Robert Fehring surrendered himself to Suffolk police today.

Fehring is accused of stealing almost two dozen pride flags back in July from Long Railroad Avenue in Sayville. As News 12 reported, Fehring was arrested for allegedly mailing hate-filled letters threatening to assault, shoot and bomb LGBTQ individuals, organizations and businesses.

In addition to finding the stolen pride flags inside his home while executing a search warrant, police say they also found two loaded shotguns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

The New York Times reports:

The other letters that Mr. Fehring is accused of sending, according to the complaint, include one this year threatening to shoot a high-powered rifle at a Long Island Pride event in June; another warning a local Chamber of Commerce member that ambulances would be needed if the group allowed an L.G.B.T.Q. event to proceed; and a third describing a Brooklyn barbershop as a “perfect target for a bombing.”

If convicted, Mr. Fehring, whom Newsday identified as a retired high school teacher, band director and track coach, faces up to five years in prison. Court records show that he sued the Suffolk County police unsuccessfully after being taken into custody in 2010 after an off-duty officer saw him hide a shotgun under a raincoat and bring it into a Long Island office building.

My first report on his arrest is here.