A MAN from Ohio who was arrested after appearing to threaten shooting up a Jewish community centre has claimed that he has connections with the IRA via social media.
20-year-old James Reardon was arrested on Saturday after threatening to attack the community centre in Youngstown.
Reardon has self-identified as a white nationalist and looking at his social media accounts, he appears to claim links to the IRA.
His Instagram account is called 'ira_seamus', on which he says his name is Seamus O'Rearedon - the Gaelic version of James Reardon - and describes himself as "just a local IRA man trying to live his life.
Added to this New Middletown Police said that when they arrested him at his mother's home he was wearing a jacket with Irish Republican Army (IRA) patches.
Officers also found a cache of weapons including two AR-15s, an anti-tank gun, a rifle with a bayonet, a gas mask and a bullet-proof vest.
Police investigated his social media accounts - which have now been suspended - and found a number of racist posts and derogatory remarks, particularly about Jewish people.
In July, Reardon posted a video to Instagram showing a man, believed to be Reardon himself, firing a semi-automatic rifle, with the caption: "Police identified the Youngstown Jewish Family Community shooter as local white nationalist Seamus O'Rearedon."
He also tagged the Youngstown centre in the post.
Reardon appeared in a 2017 National Geographic documentary about the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia - where three people were killed, including two state troopers who died in a helicopter crash.
During the documentary, Reardon said that he doesn't consider himself a neo-Nazi, but that he wants all races to have their own separate homelands.
"I want a homeland for white people, and I think every race should have a homeland," he said.