Mon. Jan 17th, 2022

A Long Island man threatened to turn New York City’s massive Pride parade into a bloodbath that would make the Pulse nightclub shooting that killed 49 people “look like a cakewalk,” U.S. officials said Monday.

Robert Fehring, 74, threatened to “assault, shoot and bomb” LGBT-affiliated individuals, companies, organizations and events, including the parade, according to prosecutors in new documents.

Fehring has reportedly sent more than 60 letters threatening violence, “including through the use of firearms and explosives,” dating back to at least 2013, the New York District Department of Justice said.

Such a letter to the organizers of New York City’s Pride March in 2021 promised “radio cont.[r]old units located several strategic locations “that would explode, causing the 2016 nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla., to” look like a cakewalk, “according to the criminal complaint.

Law enforcement is blocking a street outside Pulse Orlando following a shooting that involved several people killed at the nightclub in Orlando, Fla., On Sunday, June 12, 2016.
Law enforcement is blocking a street outside Pulse Orlando following a shooting that involved several people killed at the nightclub in Orlando, Fla., On Sunday, June 12, 2016.
AP Photo / Phelan M. Ebenhack

Another communication this year to the organizer of a Pride event in East Meadow, LI, told the man he was “being monitored.

“No matter how long it takes, you will be taken out … powerful bullet…. Bomb… .knife…. Whatever it takes,” the memo said.

Other targets of Fehring’s threats included the CEO of an LGBT group based in Sag Harbor, Suffolk County, LI, and a queer barbershop in Brooklyn, according to prosecutors.

A man from Long Island threatened to turn New York City's massive Pride parade into a bloodbath that would have the Pulse nightclub shooting that killed 49 people, .like a cakewalk,
Robert Fehring was arrested after threatening New York City’s Pride parade.
United States Department of Justice

The letter to the barbershop – which prosecutors said had recently received TV coverage – called the company “the perfect target for a bombing and / or graffiti and / or a broken window front.

“Thanks to News 12, we now know who you are and where you are,” the missive said.

Fehring from Bayport was arrested Monday after a raid on his home on Nov. 18 by the FBI and state authorities.

House of Yes, a Brooklyn dance club, holds a pop-up street party on June 27, 2021 at Herald Square, New York City
House of Yes, a Brooklyn dance club, was holding a pop-up street party on June 27, 2021 in Herald Square, New York City, when the Gay Pride march was canceled due to COVID-19.
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A search of the home turned up two loaded shotguns, two stun guns, “hundreds” of rounds of ammunition and an envelope addressed to a pro-LGBT lawyer – which was filled with the remains of a dead bird, the complaint said.

Fehring managed to send the letters on the spot and told police he was upset about a “morbid overdose of the things being pushed down everyone’s faces on paper, on TV and everywhere,” the document said.

“As alleged, the defendant’s hateful insults and threats of violence against members of the LGBTQ + community have no place in our community and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” the U.S. District Attorney in New York Breon told Peace in a declaration.

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