Florida man charged with plotting to blow up synagogue during Passover, compared his plan to Sept. 11 attacks
Florida man was busted for a twisted terrorist bombing against a synagogue, which he wanted to be on the scale of the Sept. 11 attacks.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s month-long sting operation against James Gonzalo Medina, 40, ended with the wannabe terrorist arrested on Friday, as he was walking toward the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center with an inert explosive, court documents revealed.
Undercover agents had been following Medina since March 27, after he stirred up conversations about attacking a synagogue during Passover — which he mistakenly referred to as Yom Kippur the entire time.
“This is gonna be like, like f—in’ September 11 s—!,” Medina said in excitement to the FBI informant.
Medina had scouted out the synagogue, sketching out the building’s layout, noting where the security cameras were while planning his terrorist attack.
Medina showed no mercy in his plot, telling informants he didn’t care if innocent women and children were killed in the bombing.
“I wanna see damage happen to their ass, I wanna see something man,” he told the undercover agent.
He was giddy with excitement for the murderous plot, even relishing the thought of being able to see the bomb detonated at the synagogue.
Before going through with his attempted bombing, Medina recorded three videos on the informant’s cellphone, two making threats in his maniacal manifesto, and one saying farewell to his family.
“Aventura, watch your back. ISIS is in the house,” he said in the clip, according to court records.
FBI agents nabbed Medina on Friday, during one of the last days of Passover, as he was walking to the synagogue with the inert explosive.
The undercover agent who provided him the bomb had already rendered the device useless.
Medina said he wanted his bombing to cause as many casualties as he possibly could.
Originally he planned the terrorist attack as a mass shooting, with two other accomplices who would stand at the exit to slaughter anyone attempting to flee. He was planning to kill himself as a martyr at the end of the mass shooting.
He told his accomplices he wanted to leave behind misleading signs that it was an attack by ISIS, despite not having any affiliations with the terrorist group, the informant said.