Man who allegedly threatened NYC synagogue is Jewish, kin of a Holocaust survivor: Lawyer

One of two males accused of plotting to assault New York City synagogues is Jewish and the grandson of a Holocaust survivor, his legal professional claimed in courtroom Saturday.

Matthew Mahrer, 22, was ordered held on $150,000 bail at his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court on fees of legal possession of a weapon although his lawyer requested that he be launched on his personal recognizance.

“There are numerous questions right here,” protection legal professional Brandon Freycint mentioned of Mahrer, who has allegedly been identified with autism, bipolar dysfunction, nervousness and ADHD.

“My consumer is of Jewish heritage. He resides along with his dad and mom and his grandfather is definitely a 93-year-old Holocaust survivor — and my consumer is his part-time caretaker,” Freycinet mentioned.

Mahrer and pal Christopher Brown have been busted Friday on the Long Island Rail Road with brown carrying weapons and a Nazi armband, in accordance with police sources. 

Cops seized a loaded handgun with an prolonged journal and a bulletproof vest from Mahrer’s Upper West Side residence that he and a buddy allegedly deliberate to make use of in a synagogue assault, prosecutors mentioned.

Christopher Brown, who has a historical past of psychological sickness, made latest threats to synagogues within the New York space with Mahrer.

Mahrer’s protection legal professional, Brandon Freycinet, argued that his consumer has no legal historical past and mentioned he’s of “Jewish heritage.”

But Mahrer had no legal document and his dad and mom had cooperated with cops, his legal professional mentioned. The accused had frolicked in homeless shelters earlier than shifting in along with his dad and mom a couple of 12 months in the past, the legal professional added.

“Based on that, judge, my consumer shouldn’t be implicated in something involving hatred in direction of his personal folks and his personal faith,” he mentioned.

Assistant District Attorney Emilio Hernandez mentioned Mahrer and Brown traveled to Pennsylvania collectively and purchased the gun “with intent to make use of it in an assault at a synagogue.”

The FBI and NYPD had been on the path of Mahrer and Brown, a “identified schizophrenic” who just lately instructed members of the family that he needed to go to New York and purchase a gun, sources mentioned.

“The dad and mom of this defendant alerted cops to the existence of a firearm throughout the backpack of the defendant contained in the defendant’s residence,” Hernandez mentioned.

Prosecutors claimed the pair have been conscious that police have been searching for them and determined to depart the firearm within the backpack within the residence.

Mahrer’s dad and mom have been within the gallery for the arraignment. As the protection legal professional spoke of her son, her husband wrapped his arm round her shoulder. 

“He’s not what they’re saying he’s,” his mother instructed The Post outdoors the courtroom. His father declined to remark.

Mahrer is due again in courtroom Wednesday.

Brown, 21, is charged with making terroristic threats, aggravated harassment and legal possession of a weapon, the NYPD mentioned. He was not arraigned Saturday.



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