Miami-Dade County

Man who made threats to man outside Miami Beach synagogue awaiting deportation

A man who police say made violent threats to two members of the Miami Beach Jewish community when they were leaving a synagogue Saturday is now in custody awaiting deportation, according to law enforcement authorities.

Diego Chaar, 24, originally from Brazil, was charged on Sunday with stalking and assaulting a Miami Beach man when he yelled at him in Arabic and then threatened to cut his head off. He was released on bail Sunday.

Police said he screamed “Allahu Akbar,” an Arab term meaning God is great, and said “I will cut off your head” to David Weberman, dressed in traditional Orthodox attire, as he and a friend walked outside the Ohev Shalom Congregation in Miami Beach.

He then shouted, “Heads will be cut off,” when Weberman ignored the remarks, Miami Beach police say.

Police went to the scene, briefly questioned Chaar, wrote up a report and released him.

About 45 minutes later, Chaar went back to the synagogue and said “Allahu Abkar” again when he passed Weberman, who called police again. Chaar was taken to the police station, where he was arrested.

Chaar was released on bail and showed up at the synagogue again this week, Miami Beach police said.

He was re-apprehended for violating his terms of conditions of residency in the U.S., according to a statement by the Anti-Defamation League. He is in custody awaiting deportation, according to law enforcement.

“ADL commends Miami Beach Police Department for its thorough investigation and swift resolution of this case,” Hava L. Holzhauer, ADL Florida regional director, said in a statement.