Amarillo man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to threatening to execute
three prominent Jewish rabbis, announced U.S. Attorney for the Northern
District of Texas Chad E. Meacham.
Christopher Stephen Brown was charged
via criminal complaint on Dec. 6, 2021 and indicted later that month.
He plead guilty yesterday to making interstate threatening
communications before U.S. Magistrate District Judge Lee Ann Reno in
“In addition to expressing disgusting anti-Semitic views, Mr. Brown
made specific threats of violence against multiple individuals, which is
prohibited under federal law,” said U.S. Attorney Chad Meacham. “We
will not allow our citizens to be subjected to this sort of menacing
“Mr. Brown’s statements indicated he wanted to potentially commit
violent acts against members of the Jewish community; this type of
behavior is not tolerated by law enforcement. This action is a criminal
violation and also instills fear in a community that has long been a
target of hateful rhetoric and violence,” said FBI Dallas Special Agent
in Charge Matthew DeSarno. “The FBI’s mission is to uphold the U.S.
Constitution and to protect the American people. We will continue
working with our law enforcement partners to pursue individuals who pose
a threat to public safety.”
According to plea papers, Mr. Brown admitted to placing threatening
calls to Chabad Lubavitch, a Jewish organization that has provided
spiritual guidance and assistance to Jewish people since before the
Holocaust. Chabad is headquartered in New York City and maintains more
than 3,500 institutions worldwide.
In those calls, the defendant sated his name was “Madrikh Obadiah”
and threatened to “execute” several rabbinical leaders, identified in
court documents as L.S., Y.K., and M.K. Over the course of multiple
calls, he vowed he would tear their eyes and tongues out, blow their
heads of, and kill every rabbi he could find.
According to court documents, he also sent messages to the
organization via their website, calling for death to all Jews and
linking to his YouTube channel, which also contained threatening
Mr. Brown now faces up to five years in federal prison.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Dallas Field Office, Amarillo
Resident Agency and the Randall County Sheriff’s Office conducted the
investigation in partnership with the FBI’s New York Field Office and
the New York Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua Frausto
is prosecuting the case.