Reginald Jackson, 23, of Berkeley, Alameda County, California, United States has been arrested. The African-American man is accused of taking to social media to threaten to kill Asians before the 2021 Lunar New Year.
Jackson wrote in several posts on Twitter and Instagram that he wanted to beat up, rob and blow up Asians. The posts have been either deleted or set to private but concerned Asian-Americans have sent screenshots to ABC7 News anchor Dion Lim, who is Chinese-American.
Copies of the posts were sent to the Oakland Police Department in Oakland, Alameda County. Jackson was identified and taken in custody by the department with the help of the Alameda District Attorney’s Office and the Alameda County Probation Office.
On February 22, 2021, Jackson appeared in court in Dublin, Alameda County. The judge set his bail at $190,000 and scheduled his next court appearance on February 23, 2021.
A former gang member, Jackson has been arrested several times before. He was 16 years old when he was charged with an attempted robbery, which prohibited him from having a gun.
Jackson was arrested on suspicion of a robbery in October 2015 and on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, committing a felony while on bail and endangering the health of an elder in March 2016. Both arrests happened in Berkeley.
On March 23, 2017, Jackson was involved in a physical altercation with at least three other people in Berkeley, Berkeleyside reported. At the time of his arrest on March 30, 2017, he was on bail for two cases in Berkeley, which were an attempted robbery and another incident involving the obstruction of a peace officer.