SHAFAQNA – Dustin Hughes, 26, is alleged to have called Jamaat Ul Muttaqeen Mosque in Pembroke Pines, Florida, four times in a week. Hughes made the first call on May 5, claiming he had planted a bomb in the mosque and planned on detonating it, according to a federal complaint.
“I planted a bomb in your temple, I’m gonna blow your ——- temple up you —– Muslim —–,” Hughes allegedly said in the first voicemail. He continued, “You guys wanna come here and cause mayhem to America, well I’m gonna cause mayhem to your religion ’cause your religion is nothing but lies…”
Tracking the caller
Police in Pembroke Pines, roughly 23 miles north of Miami, responded to the mosque and confirmed there were no explosives planted, CNN reported.
During their investigation, officers noticed the digital caller ID listed the man’s name as Dustin Hughes, according to the federal complaint.
Throughout the week, Hughes allegedly continued to leave threatening voicemails from his own phone, even admitting on one recording that he had been responsible for multiple calls, officials said.
“Yeah this is me again, I have the ——- bomb detonator in there right now and I’m gonna set it off,” one of the messages said.
The FBI arrested Hughes at his Cutler Bay home on May 15, the first day of Ramadan. When FBI agents interviewed Hughes and told him that the voicemails scared people at the mosque, Hughes allegedly clapped and expressed his approval.
Authorities charged Hughes with willfully making a bomb threat by telephone. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, according to the US Department of Justice.
Hughes’ next detention hearing is scheduled for May 22 before a US magistrate judge.
The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says it welcomes the arrest.
“It is shameful and alarming to continue witnessing an increment in hate crimes against Florida Muslims and their places of worship and education,” chapter spokesman Wilfredo Amr Ruiz said in a news release.
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