Los Angeles: Muslim arrested over threats to plant explosives and murder officers at courthouse
Federal authorities this morning arrested a South Los Angeles man who allegedly made a series of online threats to kill law enforcement personnel and others at the Los Angeles Superior Court?s Inglewood Courthouse, a nearby school and a private business.
John Patrice Hale, 42, who used the online moniker Frost K Blizzard,? allegedly made the threats using techniques designed to make his internet communications anonymous, which included using Tor and proxy servers.
Hale is expected to be arraigned on a 10-count indictment this afternoon in United States District Court in downtown Los Angeles.
The indictment alleges that Hale sent the online threats over several days in May 2017 to the Los Angeles Sheriff?s Department?s Court Services Division website. Some of the threats invoked ISIS, but authorities have not uncovered any evidence linking Hale to international terrorism. The threats specifically alleged in the indictment are:
ï¿½ Our brotherhood will celebrate today when allah sets the explosives planted in Inglewood sheriff vehicles at Inglewood court,? which was sent on May 12. This threat prompted the evacuation of the Inglewood Courthouse, and the LASD?s Arson and Explosives Unit and the Threat Interdiction Unit responded.
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