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Lee County Sheriffs Office announced arrest of convicted felon who threatened synagogue

Posted at 10:07 AM, Feb 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-20 20:59:35-05

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — The Lee County Sheriffs Office announced the arrest of a man who is accused of making threats with a firearm against Chabad Lubavitch of Southwest Florida.

According to the Sheriffs report, Alfredo Sanchez 44, had offered to sell a gun to another member of the synagogue for five hundred dollars.

The sale did not take place. A month later, another synagogue member was at Sanchez residence when he observed a black handgun. The member told police Sanchez tried to conceal the weapon when he noticed the member looking at it.

The synagogue member returned to the residence once more, and this time Sanchez stated if he had another screw loose, he would go to the synagogue and shoot it up.

Fox 4 confirmed Sanchez lived within a mile of the synagogue and attended it.

The member alerted deputies about the threat.

An investigation revealed Sanchez was a convicted felon who could not own a gun. However, a search of his residence revealed two loaded speed loaders and multiple boxes of ammunition. At that time, they located no firearms.

Detectives received a tip that Sanchez had dropped off a Glock 19, Glock 30 pistol, 38 special, and a Century Arms AK-47 rifle to a family member's home a few blocks away before police arrived.

Sanchez was charged with one count of Felon in Possession of Ammunition and one count of Felon in Possession of Firearms.

The threat that was made is still under investigation.

The Sheriff says this is a great example of see it and say it.