Man indicted for threatening to blow up Murfreesboro mosque
June 21, 2012 04:15 PM CDT
Reported By Chris Bundgaard, Reporter - bio | email
Javier Correa, 24, was indicted Thursday for threatening to blow up the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro last September.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -
A 24-year-old resident of Corpus Christi, Texas, was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in Nashville for threatening to blow up the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro last September.
Javier Alan Correa is charged with one count of intentionally obstructing by threat of force the free exercise of religious beliefs and one count of using an instrument of interstate commerce to communicate a threat to destroy a building using an explosive device.
According to the indictment, Correa called the Islam Center of Murfreesboro on the morning of September 5, 2011, and left a message on the answering machine that said, among other things, that on "September 11, 2011, there's going to be a bomb in the building."
U.S. Attorney Jerry Martin joined FBI agents and agents with the ATF at the site of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro's new mosque off Veals Road and Bradyville Pike to announce the indictment Thursday.
"The department of justice will not tolerate violence or the threat of violence against the Muslim community here in Murfreesboro," Martin added while making the indictment announcement.
Correa has not been arrested, but Martin said the suspect has an attorney who is negotiating with them about turning his client in.
If convicted, Correa faces up to 20 years in prison said federal prosecutor David Rivera.
Other acts of vandalism directed at the Islam Center of Murfreesboro including the destruction of a sign and the arson of a bulldozer prior to start of construction of the mosque last fall are still being investigated.
There is a $20,000 dollar award for information leading to the arrest on anyone connected to the arson.