Texas Man Indicted For Threats Against Murfreesboro Mosque
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Federal prosecutors said they have indicted a Texas man for threatening to bomb Islamic Center in Murfreesboro on 9/11.
Two indictments were filed Thursday in Nashville against 23-year-old Javier Alan Correa of Corpus Christi, Texas.
U.S. Attorney Jerry E. Martin said in a news conference Correa called the Islamic Center on September 4, 2011, and left a profanity-laced threat with hate speech. He allegedly said "On September 11, 2011, there's going to be a bomb in the building."
"Today's indictment should send a message loud and clear: the Department of Justice will not tolerate violence or threat of violence against the Muslim community here in Murfreesboro," Martin said. "If you engage in this type of illegal conduct, we will come after you."
Correa has not been arrested, but Martin said they have reached out to his lawyer to ask him to surrender.
He faces one count of intentionally obstructing the free exercise of religion by threat of force and one count of using an instrument of interstate commerce to threaten to destroy a building by means of an explosive device.
He could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Agents from the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office were also in attendance.
The mosque has been at the center of a fierce debate since 2010. Opponents recently prevailed in a court case that challenged its construction.
The ATF and FBI have also been investigating the August 2010 arson of construction equipment at the construction site. No arrests have been made, and there is a $20,000 reward for anyone who has information that leads to an arrest.