Memphis Misunderstander of Islam charged with terrorism: threatened jihad violence two days after being released on $100 bond
He was charged for threatening to blow up local businesses in the name of jihad — two days after he was released on $100 bond after being picked up with a butcher knife and making the same threat. An update on this story. “Man charged with terrorism: Wanted to blow up businesses,” by Chris Conley for the Commercial Appeal, December 29 (thanks to Virgil):
…Mohamed Ibrahim, 35, is charged with commission of a terrorist act, false reporting and disorderly conduct. He is in the Shelby County Jail on a $50,000 bond….
Friday afternoon, Memphis police dispatchers issued an alert that a man driving a black Chrysler PT Cruiser had threatened to “blow up the business” at 300 Poplar, a BP gas station….
After Ibrahim was arrested and placed in a police cruiser, he began cursing police and attempting to kick out the windows, according to the charges. Officers subdued him with pepper spray.
Police determined that Ibrahim had earlier that day made threats to blow up seven other businesses around town, according to the charges….
An FBI agent called to the scene recovered three cassette tapes described as “Islamic” in a police affidavit, and took the GPS from the vehicle.
Court records show that Ibrahim had been arrested two days earlier with a 10-inch butcher knife concealed in his jacket sleeve and charged with unlawful possession of a weapon. He was released on $100 bond.
That day, Ibrahim had threatened other businesses and “stated he was a Muslim, and wanted to start jihad here in Memphis,” according to the weapon charge.