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Falls Church Man Charged with Online Posts Threatening Local Church

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Falls Church man has been charged by criminal complaint with posting threatening messages online against the congregants of a Haymarket church.

According to the complaint affidavit, Rui Jiang, 35, posted various threatening messages on his Instagram account against Park Valley Church and its congregants. These posts allegedly began on September 23, 2023, and extended into the next day. An acquaintance of Jiang saw these posts and alerted law enforcement on September 24, 2023. A Prince William County Police officer, as well as the church’s private security team, located and detained Jiang on church premises. Jiang allegedly was found to be in possession of a firearm, ammunition, and a knife. The defendant had arrived at the church during a popular Sunday service time with a large congregation in attendance.

According to court documents, Fairfax County Police officers obtained a search warrant to enter Jiang’s residence and allegedly found a letter, dated September 24, 2023, that stated, among other things, “To the families of those men about to be slain – I am sorry for what I have done and about to do.”

Jessica D. Aber, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; David J. Scott, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Washington Field Office Criminal Division; Amy Ashworth, Commonwealth’s Attorney for Prince William County; and Peter Newsham, Chief of Police for Prince William County, made the announcement.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Durham is prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:24-mj-64.

A complaint is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


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Updated February 28, 2024

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