Three adults and two juveniles are accused of terrorizing the camp on three occasions
The group allegedly shouted threats and anti-Semitic slurs, destroyed property
Wayne County district attorney: "This is outrageous conduct and will not be tolerated"
Editor’s Note: Note offensive language.
Three adults and two juveniles were arrested Wednesday for allegedly terrorizing a Jewish camp in Pennsylvania.
Authorities say Tyler Cole Spencer, 18, Mark Trail, 21, Cassandra Robertson, 18, and two juveniles intimidated Jewish campers and staff at Camp Bonim on three separate occasions on July 14 and 15.
Spencer allegedly drove a white Ford pickup truck “recklessly” through the camp, “narrowly missing several campers and staff” and damaging fields, yards, buildings and fences, the police criminal complaint said.
The group also allegedly used paintball guns to shoot Jewish campers and staff, hitting one 18-year-old camper leaving a synagogue, according to the complaint.
Authorities allege members of the group also shouted anti-Semitic slurs at campers and staff, such as “I’m gonna kill you, you f***ing Jews.”
“Go back to where the f*** you came from you god**** Jews. We don’t want you here,” Trail allegedly shouted, according to the complaint.
Several campers told police they “were scared for their lives” when the pickup truck sped through the camp, the complaint said.
“The vicious, cruel and obscene nature of the language hurled at the campers is unspeakable,” Wayne County, Pennsylvania, District Attorney Janine Edwards said in a statement. “Luckily none of the children suffered any serious physical injury; however, the emotional damage done is immeasurable. This is outrageous conduct and will not be tolerated.”
Spencer, Trail and Robertson have been charged with several felonies and misdemeanors, including ethnic intimidation, terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person and institutional vandalism.
Spencer, of Linden, Tennessee, was charged previously with aggravated assault in a hit-and-run case. He allegedly hit a camp counselor with his pickup truck before fleeing on July 16.
Spencer’s bail has been set at $200,000. Bail for Trail and Robertson, who are from Wayne County, has been set at $20,000 each.
Juvenile petitions were also filed against the two alleged accomplices, a 17-year-old and a 16-year-old.
It is unclear if the defendants are represented at this time, and listed numbers to the defendants’ families could not be found.