Friday night, Hopkins officers, assisted by Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and Orono Police Department, made contact with the suspect and he was subsequently transported to a hospital for further evaluation and treatment, according to the Hopkins Police Department. While he is hospitalized, there is no further risk to the Jewish community, according to the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas.
According to the police report, a “male came up to complainant and gave him a notebook. While doing this, he took a golf club and said he was waiting for a ‘Jew.’” The man allegedly asked the complainant if they are Jewish. The victim lied and said they weren’t Jewish. The man then took one of the victim’s golf clubs, smashed the mirror of his own car, and drove off. No one was injured during this incident, and no direct threats were made by the male.
The man has not yet been charged, nor has the Hopkins Police Department submitted anything to attorneys for potential charges.
In a statement, the JCRC said: “JCRC works closely with law enforcement to address threats and risks to the Jewish community. We reiterate our call for community members to remain vigilant and report suspicious incidents, persons, and threats. If you are the victim of an antisemitic or other bias incident, it is critical that you report that information to JCRC and law enforcement to protect the community at-large.
“Keeping in mind the approaching High Holy Days, JCRC proactively organizes trainings to enhance the skills and confidence of professional and volunteer Jewish community members, including the Basic Threat Evaluation and Reporting Courses (B-TERC) this coming Wednesday (in St. Louis Park) and Sunday (in St. Paul). We have many other opportunities for community members to get involved in community safety and security – please email [email protected] to learn more.”
The Oak Ridge Country Club is a historically Jewish venue established in 1921 to serve the Minneapolis Jewish community.
The incident came as white supremacists are increasing calls to violence and antisemitic rhetoric over the FBI search of the Mar-a-Lago club, the residence of former U.S. president Donald Trump.
Both the Florida judge who authorized the FBI warrant, Bruce Reinhart, and the U.S. attorney general overseeing FBI actions, Merrick Garland, are Jewish. Reinhart’s synagogue canceled in-person Shabbat services on Friday at the behest of police because of antisemitic threats targeted at Reinhart.
On Aug. 12, a 42-year-old man tried to attack the FBI office in Cincinnati and was later killed by police during a standoff.
The Twin Cities have also seen several instances of white supremacist and antisemitic flyers associated with the hate group Goyim Defense League TV spread around in recent months. The Oak Ridge suspect’s flier allegedly was not affiliated with that group.