Police say alleged killer wanted to join ISIS, had terrorist ideologies
JUPITER, Fla. (CBS 12) —
New startling details have surfaced about a Jupiter teen, charged with murder and attempted murder.
Not only is Corey Johnson accused in a murder and two brutal stabbings, but authorities are planning to charge him internationally for making social media threats to a school in England.
Before he allegedly committed the murder at BallenIsles in Palm Beach Gardens March 12, police and the FBI have had Corey Johnson under investigation for more than a year.
They say he studied the Quran and was fascinated with ISIS.
In a newly-released report, Jupiter Police spell out chilling details about alleged murderer Corey Johnson, 17, of Jupiter.
The report says Johnson, who recently attended Dwyer High, as early as December 2016 had ”terrorist ideologies and is a supporter of the terrorist organization ISIS.”
Police say Johnson has watched terrorist videos, including beheading videos, and he wants to join ISIS and has reached out to ISIS via the internet.
“We understand that he has been watching violent videos which may have some link to ISIS,” Palm Beach Gardens Interim Police Chief Clint Shannon.
Family members told police Johnson idolizes extremists, Fascists, Hitler and is a white supremacist. Police say his profile picture on Facebook was once a Nazi swastika.
Authorities say he has a history dating back to the 7th and 8th grades of making anti-Semitic and anti-homosexual remarks.
“I mean it’s crazy to think that someone from our school would do it, someone so close to our everyday life,” said Dylan Allen, a Dwyer High School student.
“I just don’t even know what to say. It’s just so devastating,” said Leigh Spack, a Dwyer High School parent.
“I think it’s very scary. I think it’s very scary,” said Wendee Kohronas, a Dwyer High School parent.
The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force has been monitoring Johnson’s activities since at least January 2017.
A police report reveals that Johnson made threats via Instagram to McAuley Catholic High School in England and the threats were deemed “so severe in nature that up to 100 students were removed from the school fearing some kind of attack.”
The threats were tracked to his home on a quiet, residential street in Jupiter and in March 2017 FBI agents advised him to cease all social media activities related to ISIS and to have no further contact with the school in England or its students.
But during the summer of 2017, police say Johnson was making more online posts and the FBI was working to bring official charges against him.
According to the report from Jupiter Police, there’s still an active case against Johnson, and federal charges are anticipated in a few weeks for the social media threats to the school in England.