MOUNT VERNON — Deputies were summoned to a Mount Vernon house of worship Thursday after a man with his face covered was observed leaving packages on the property.
The packages, left at the Mogen David Synagogue on Harcourt Road, turned out to be trash, allegedly dropped there by a homeless man in view of at least three people. However, a member of the synagogue was frightened enough to call police, due to the Oct. 27 shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.
Justin L. Musgrave, 31, homeless, has been charged in Mount Vernon Municipal Court with criminal trespass in the incident.
According to Knox County Sheriff’s reports, Musgrave dumped two boxes on the property at approximately 9:42 a.m. At the time, Musgrave’s face and head were covered by a hat and scarf and he was dressed in black, according to a statement by a member of the synagogue congregation.
When contacted by deputies, the congregation member appeared “very excited and agitated” and said they didn’t want “‘to get blown up’” like what happened in a synagogue in Pennsylvania,” according to reports.
Musgrave was located and held on a probation violation. Reports indicate Musgrave told a deputy “he was just putting two boxes in the trash.”
A pretrial hearing is scheduled in the case for Jan. 16.