Incident Summary:

01/00/2019: Sometime between January 1, 2019 and January 31, 2019, an assailant forced his girlfriend at gunpoint to wear a Schutzstaffel (SS) hat inside his residence in Green Township, New Jersey, United States. The assailant took photos of the incident and later posted the photos on a fake Instagram account and sent the photos to her Jewish employer after the couple broke up. Michael V. Zaremski claimed responsibility for the incident. Sources noted that Zaremski processed "a large collection of white supremacy and Nazi materials" and the victim stated that he had an "obsession with Adolf Hitler."



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New Jersey

Green Township

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Jewish Employer
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Girlfriend
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 1
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Melee Unknown Weapon Type
Weapon Details
A 9-mm handgun was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) No
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Intra/Inter-group Conflict
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. It is unclear if the attack was meant to target groups beyond the immediate target of the assailant's girlfriend.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Neo-Nazi extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Man With White Supremacist Material and Weapons Is Arrested, Police Say," Feed, September 12, 2019.