From Pamela Geller
“Man Charged With Threatening to Shoot, Blow up Walgreens,” by Amy Forliti, Associated Press, March 29, 2016:
A Minnesota man accused of lying to the FBI about when he last contacted the Islamic State group was charged Tuesday in state court after allegedly threatening to “shoot up” a Walgreens.
Abdul Raheem Habil Ali-Skelton, 23, faces three felony counts of making terroristic threats in connection with Sunday’s incident at the store in Brooklyn Park, a Minneapolis suburb.
According to the complaint, Ali-Skelton went into the store early Sunday and accused a customer of having a relationship with his girlfriend. The complaint said Ali-Skelton then advanced on the man multiple times and threatened to hit him with a bottle.
A store manager intervened and told the two to leave. Ali-Skelton said he had a gun and would “shoot up the place.” He also said he was part of a terrorist organization and that he would “blow up” the store, the complaint said.
Ali-Skelton was in custody Tuesday and ordered held on $30,000 bail. Court records do not list an attorney to comment on the new charges.
Ali-Skelton is expected to plead guilty in U.S. District Court next month to one count of making a false statement to FBI agents. In that case, federal prosecutors say Ali-Skelton told the FBI last July that his last contact with Syrian-based members of the Islamic State group was in May or early June 2015. But prosecutors say Ali-Skelton knew he had communicated with members of the group as recently as last July 4….
“From what I understand about those allegations, if they are true … they are completely out of character with the very mild-mannered Abdul Ali-Skelton, (whom) I have known for quite some time,” he said.
Richman said the alleged communications between his client and Islamic State group members are not related to the new allegations.