CAIR-LA Welcomes Arrest of Man Planning Attack on LA Mosque
A CAIR press release states: The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) welcomes the arrest of an Agoura Hills man accused of making criminal threats to the Islamic Center of Southern California (ICSC), according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The arrest comes at a time when hate crimes against Muslims have spiked to their highest levels since the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks. A similar plot was recently thwarted in Kansas.
Mark Feigin, 40, is accused of making two calls to ICSC last month threatening to kill people at the center. Feigin was arrested on Oct. 19 after investigators traced the calls and detectives found a stash of weapons, including rifles, modified ammunition magazines and 250 pounds of ammunition inside Feigin's home, according to police.
Threatening tweets from Feigin’s account were directed towards ICSC, but the Counter Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau has not yet confirmed whether Feigin was behind the tweets. CAIR-LA’s Executive Director, HussamAyloush, also received tweets with anti-Muslim comments from Feigin. The tweets were reported to LAPD.
“We’ve seen the real implications of the Islamophobic and anti-Muslim rhetoric the American Muslim community has faced this election cycle through an increase in hate crimes, a foiled plot in Kansas and now this incident in Los Angeles,” said CAIR-LA Executive Director HussamAyloush. “CAIR-LA takes these threats very seriously and we thank the LAPD for taking action before anyone was hurt.”
Feigin has been released on a $70,000 bond and is due in court Nov. 10.