May 2 2016
Federal agents arrested a man who, sources said, was planning to throw an explosive device into a South Florida synagogue, the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center. Sources said agents posing as terrorists were able to stop the suspect, who, they said, appears to have converted to Islam.
WSVN Sources told 7News they are concerned about this case because the suspect wanted to take some type of explosive device and chuck it over the wall. Friday was the next-to-last day of Passover, and the center was crowded with people observing the holiday. But the center was never in danger because the suspect was taken into custody before any harm was done.
“Of course it surprised me,” said area resident Richard Levinson. “Everybody says, ‘I live in a small town. It doesn’t happen here,’ but the sad part is, it happens everywhere.”
Resident Kim Tepper said she’s horrified by the turn of events but ultimately not that surprised. “It’s a very scary world, and you know what? I don’t think that anybody is safe anywhere,” she said. ‘We’d always thought, living in this area, that we could be targeted, so now you’re kind of confirming that for me.”