Arlington Police Investigating Threat Against Mosque

Andrew Greenstein
November 07, 2018 - 4:36 pm
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ARLINGTON (1080 KRLD) - Police in Arlington are investigating a bomb threat against a mosque.

At around 9:30 last Saturday morning, a man called Arlington Police saying he was going to detonate a pipe bomb inside the Dar El-Eman Islamic Center and kill everyone.

Several officers responded and found nothing suspicious, either inside or outside the building.

"We weren't able to find anyone or anything out of the ordinary. So at that point, we determined that it was probably a swatting call," says Lt. Christopher Cook.

It turns out that there were already several officers on the scene.

"We actually had officers already inside the mosque because they were actually giving a law enforcement presentation to the congregation at that time," says Lt. Cook.

Tracing the call will be difficult, if not impossible.

"It came in through what we call a voice over internet protocol line, which allows someone to mask their phone number and their location," Lt. Cook says.

The case was forwarded to the FBI for further investigation.

"This investigation will continue on until we can try to identify the person responsible," says Lt. Cook. "They likely will be charged with terroristic threat, which is a felony in Texas, for making a false report."