A New Jersey man threatened the property manager of a Jewish deli where three people were gunned down during a targeted attack in December, prosecutors said.
Taylor Stackhouse, 38, of Jersey City, was charged Thursday with making terroristic threats and bias intimidation for making multiple menacing remarks on Tuesday to a Hasidic man dressed in traditional Jewish clothing as he exited a building where the Jersey City Kosher Supermarket is located, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.
Prosecutors said there’s no apparent link between Stackhouse and the Dec. 10 bloodbath at the Martin Luther King Drive grocery store, where gunmen David Anderson and Francine Graham killed deli co-owner Leah Mindel Ferencz, 33, delivery worker Douglas Miguel Rodriguez, 49, and 24-year-old customer Moshe Deutsch in what Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop characterized as a “targeted” attack.
Ferencz, a mother of three, and Deutsch were Brooklyn natives. Ferencz’s brother-in-law, Meyer Ferencz, told The Post she and her husband, Moshe Ferencz, bought the Jersey City store three years after moving from Brooklyn.
Earlier that day, Anderson and Graham, who were killed by cops during an hours-long gunfight at the deli, also gunned down Jersey City Detective Joseph Seals — a 55-year-old married father of five — in Bayview Cemetery. The attack has since been determined to be a hate crime by the US Attorney’s Office, Suarez said.
Stackhouse, who was taken into custody without incident, is also facing a petty disorderly persons harassment charge, prosecutors said.
In a statement two days after the attack that left six dead, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy called for the shootout to be a wake-up call for anyone denying the “rising tide of hate” in the state and across the nation.
“This is our signal to come together as the broad New Jersey family we are and recommit to the elimination of hate in all its forms,” Murphy said. “This is also proof that the holes in our nation’s gun laws are failing our communities. We cannot wait until another domestic terrorist, filled with hate and bent on murder, gets their hands on a weapon, period.”
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