Florida man used social media to encourage a race war, threaten gays, Jews, black people. His bond: $1M


FORT MYERS, Fla. – FDLE agents arrested Joshua John Leff, 40, of 205 3rd Street, Fort Myers, for intimidation, sending written threats to kill and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

FDLE began its investigation after receiving a tip that Leff, using an alias, was posting statements and videos inciting violence against minority groups on social media sites Bitchute and Gab.

Leff espoused hatred toward several minority groups, threatened violence against those who disagreed with him and encouraged followers to start a race war. Videos showed Leff, a convicted felon, with multiple weapons and his writings praised mass shooters and said he wished they had killed more people.

The mass shooters he praised included Dylann Roof, California synagogue shooter John T. Earnest, and New Zealand mosque shooter Brenton Tarrant.

In one post, he wrote, “America has done wrong not sending black people back to Africa and opening the door to multiculturalism and inclusiveness.”

Agents served a search warrant at Leff’s residence and found guns, ammunition, handgun holsters and two .380 magazines.

Leff was arrested at his home without incident and booked into the Lee County Jail on $1 million bond.

This case will be prosecuted by the Office of the State Attorney, 20th Judicial Circuit.

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