Lexington man arrested for threatening local Rabbi and Jewish Center amid increase in hate activity

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Lexington Police Department announced the arrest of a local man on charges of Terroristic Threatening 2nd degree, following threats made to a local Rabbi and the Chabad Jewish Student Center. This development comes amid a recent rise in Klan activity in Kentucky and a white supremacist flyering effort in Lexington’s Kenwick neighborhood.

Sendil Nathan, 58, has been identified as the suspect who was arrested on August 10, 2023, after the local Rabbi contacted detectives from the Personal Crimes Section regarding harassing communications. Over several days, the Rabbi received messages containing hate speech and threats focused on the Jewish faith.

Nathan is currently being held at the Fayette County Detention Center.

The alarming incident highlights a growing concern in the Lexington community, particularly in the wake of other racially motivated events in the region. This arrest underscores the urgency in addressing the rise in hate crimes and white supremacist activities that are affecting the local community.

Photo by Fayette County Detention Center