The Department of Justice argued in court that Timothy Hale-Cusanelli, an alleged white supremacist and Nazi sympathizer, was a danger to the Jewish community of Lakewood and therefore should remain in prison as he awaits trial.
Hale-Cusanelli, who is awaiting charges stemming from his involvement in storming of the Capitol on Jan. 6, previously served as a contractor at the McGuire Airforce Base in New Jersey, near Lakewood.
“Defendant poses a more localized threat to the community, particularly the Hassidic community in Lakewood, New Jersey,” federal prosecutors wrote in a court filing, opposing his release. “Defendant has demonstrated specific animosity towards the Jewish population and expressed a desire to commit violence against Jewish people.”
Hale-Cusanelli, 30, wore his facial hair to resemble Hitler and professed violent racist thoughts on social media, with a particular hatred for Jews, the Lakewood Scoop reported. He allegedly donated to an organization in Jackson Township that sought to prevent Orthodox Jews from moving.
He has been charged with criminal counts of obstructing congressional proceedings, civil disorder and disorderly conduct in the Capitol.