- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - A 32-year-old man has been arrested in connection with suspicious letters containing a non-toxic white powder sent to two Boulder Jewish organizations in April following a search of his parents’ home that turned up suspicious literature.

Jeffrey Thomas Klinkel of Boulder was booked Thursday into the Boulder County Jail 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. He also was arrested on a failure-to-appear warrant out of Erie.

The first letter was opened at the Boulder Jewish Community Center on April 6. It contained a note that said, “This Goyim is enjoying the blood of her enemies for Passover,” according to an affidavit.

Shortly after that, employees at Congregation Har HaShem also found a letter with white powder and a similar note. The white powder in both envelopes was tested and turned out to be corn starch, the Boulder Daily Camera reported (https://tinyurl.com/mr3esoo).

According to the arrest affidavit, Klinkel’s fingerprints were found on both of the letters.

A statement from the leaders of the Jewish Community Center said its staffers responded quickly and carefully to the letter because of its security procedures. “Jewish institutions face unique security concerns, which is why we are continually reviewing and evaluating our security protocols,” they said.

The investigation began in the middle of Passover, the weeklong Jewish commemoration of the deliverance of the ancient Hebrews from Egypt.

Klinkel has an extensive criminal record including arrests for assault, harassment, burglary, trespassing and fraud, according to authorities.

Klinkel was arrested at work in Boulder. He told investigators he did not send the letters, according to the affidavit.

Investigators searched Klinkel’s parents’ home, where he said he sometimes lived, and found what authorities called books covering “multiple religious views and conspiracy theories.”

Klinkel was being held on $10,000 bond.

The United States Postal Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation were part of the investigation.


Information from: Daily Camera, https://www.dailycamera.com/

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