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Jewish community concerned over man making alleged antisemitic threats in Aventura

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Source: wsvn

Aventura, FLAuthorities are investigating a South Florida man who they suspect may have made threats to an Aventura synagogue.

Aventura police would not comment on the matter but issued a statement Thursday identifying the man as Nadim Siddiqui from Hollywood.

“We want to inform the public that the [Aventura Police Department] is working closely with religious institutions and businesses in our City to advise them of the evolving circumstances,” the department said in the statement. “The Aventura Police Department is working with Local, State and Federal authorities in regards to how we can address the actions of Mr. Siddiqui.”

Law enforcement sources told the Miami Herald that Siddiqui is suspected of making threats to the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center and possibly other Jewish establishments. Calls to Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center were not returned Thursday.

 

Siddiqui, 35, has been arrested at least three times by Aventura police in the last few weeks, records show.

On Oct. 14, Siddiqui walked into Kosher Kingdom, a grocery store at 3017 Aventura Blvd., took a bottle of wine valued at $27.99 and smashed it on the floor, according to the arrest report. After that incident, police issued him a trespassing warning.

On Oct. 28, he showed up again, police said. He was later arrested in a nearby shopping plaza. He was charged with criminal mischief for the Oct. 14 incident and charged with trespassing, records show.

He was arrested again on Nov. 5. This time, police say he walked into Kosher Kingdom Oct. 30, got a carton of eggs and then threw one at the window. He then dropped the rest of the eggs and the carton at the front entrance of the store, according to the arrest report. He was charged with criminal mischief, trespassing and littering.

A man who identified himself as the owner of Kosher Kingdom would not comment on the incidents Thursday.

The incident comes about six weeks after a man entered a Pittsburgh synagogue during Saturday morning services and shot and killed 11 people.