Striking terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah, as directed by the Qur’an (8:60).
“McLean woman committed in Red Line bomb threat,” by Dana Hedgpeth and Amy Orndorff in the Washington Post, June 13 (thanks to all who sent this in):
2:33 p.m. Update: The 51-year-old Mclean woman has been “involuntarily committed” at a facility that “has better resources to handle mental issues,” Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said. […]
The bomb scare at Rockville happened at 7:45 a.m. when an eight-car train bound for Twinbrook was leaving the station, according to Metro Transit Deputy Police Chief Ron Pavlik.
A 51-year-old woman who lives in McLean dropped to her knees and said, “You killed my family. Now I”m going to kill you all,” Pavlik said[.] […]
Stessel said the woman is a not U.S. citizen but she is a permanent resident. Her name is being withheld because charges are pending depending on her mental health evaluation, he said. […]
Metro and emergency officials said there was no evidence that there was an explosive device, but the threat shut down rail service at Rockville Station. The station reopened about 9:45 a.m., according to reports from Metro. […]
Tarek Nasser, a commuter, said the woman who allegedly caused the disturbance boarded the train at Shady Grove. The woman dropped to her knees and appeared to start praying. Later, the woman, who wore a hijab, began ranting about Muslim Americans on a cellphone, Nasser said.
Nasser recounted that the woman said, –˜I”m going to destroy the office.– At another point, Nasser said the woman said –˜I”m going to visit the tomb at Rockville station.–
Before the train left the Rockville Station, Nasser said the woman said, –˜God bless you all– and got off the train. The doors closed and the train began moving. At that point, a passenger called the driver on an intercom, Nasser said. The train stopped and riders began panicking, Nasser said.
Commuters attempted to flee from the car where the threat was made. Passengers moved toward the front of the train, passing between the doors that connect the cars, several passengers said.
“I”ve never seen such panic before,” said Scott Brooks, a passenger. [The people at the front of the group] didn’t stop to explain. You could see they were really scared.” […]
Robin Ratliff, who lives in Rockville and works downtown as a staff assistant for a human resources firm, said she was on the first car of the train headed to downtown this morning when the incident occurred. […]
“People were panicked and running, trying to get off,” Ratcliff said.
Ratcliff said she did not see the woman who made the alleged threat, but heard other passengers running into the first car where Ratcliff was, saying the woman said “Praise Allah. I”m going to kill the world,” before throwing a backpack onto the train and exiting….