A Sussex County man with alleged white supremacy leanings has been indicted on 39 criminal counts—including the possession of an arsenal of weapons and sending his ex-girlfriend’s Jewish employer a photo of the woman wearing a Nazi SS hat, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Michael Zaremski, 25, of Green Township, is accused of terrorizing the woman on Jan. 15 by pointing a handgun at the back of her head and saying, “Guess if it’s loaded or not,” according to the indictment, handed up on Aug. 29.
Zaremski, who worked as an EMT in Hackettstown, is also accused of holding the woman at gunpoint and telling her, “You're stupid,” “Women don't know anything,” and “A woman’s place is to do what the man says.”
The woman told police Zaremski was obsessed with Hitler and had an interest in committing a mass shooting in a hospital, authorities said. Zaremski is also accused of forcing the victim to wear a Nazi SS hat, taking her photo and then creating a fake Instagram account in her name and following her Jewish employer, according to the indictment and prosecutors.
“The allegation is that he had sent a photograph of her wearing part of a Nazi uniform—a hat and some other paraphernalia—to her employer, who is of Jewish descent,” said Sussex County First Assistant Prosecutor Greg Mueller. The woman told police the photo resulted in the loss of her job.
Zaremski is also accused of “applying pressure on the throat or neck or blocking the nose or mouth of (the victim),” according to the indictment.
Prosecutors allege that Zaremski has an interest in Right Wing Death Squads, which advocate killings of Jews, blacks and other minorities. “(Investigators found) a large amount of white supremacy material, a lot of Nazi material—photographs and literature,” Mueller said. “There definitely appeared to be an attraction he had to that ideology.”
The indictment alleges Zaremski had “violent and derogatory anti-semitic images on his phone and personal computer,” manufactured and assembled firearms without being registered or licensed to do so, and was in possession of assault-style weapons and large-capacity magazines.
Zaremski was arrested June 25 when he went to speak with local police after the woman made a harassment complaint. Officers who spoke with him said they found he was armed with a loaded 9mm handgun inside his emergency medical service jacket, which was labeled “Hackettstown EMS,” police said. He admitted he carried the gun while working, according to police.
Zaremski has been held since his arrest at the Sussex County Jail and is awaiting trial, according to Mueller.
The indictment charges Zaremski with two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon while committing bias intimidation, several counts of illegal weapons and ammunition possession, cyber harassment, attempting to manufacture assault weapons and assault.
Mueller said the case against Zaremski bears a resemblance to another Sussex County man, Joseph Rubino, who was arrested this summer with a cache of weapons and evidence of white supremacy leanings.
Rubino, 57, crashed his vehicle on July 24 on County Road 517 in Allamuchy Township, Warren County. Police who searched his vehicle and home found drugs and several weapons—including assault rifles, shotguns, handguns, high-capacity magazines, a grenade launcher, silencer tubes and a ballistics vest, authorities said.
Officers also said they found clothing and bumper stickers with white supremacist and Neo-Nazi slogans along with a document “containing racist material and purporting to be an instruction manual for owning a slave,” according to the criminal complaint. Rubino faces state and federal charges, authorities have said.