Mark Feigin, a 40-year-old man from Agoura Hills, California was arrested on October 19 after allegedly making violent threats against the Islamic Center of Southern California, the Agoura Hills Patch reports. The Los Angeles Police Department announced news of their investigation on Tuesday.
During a news conference Los Angeles Counter Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau Commander Horace Frank said that Feigin had reportedly made two calls to the ICSC in September when he threatened to kill Muslims.
The police recovered weapons, including rifles, ammunition magazines, and ammunition in Feigin’s home, and were able to trace the calls he made in September, leading them to investigate the suspect.
Omar Ricci, the spokesman of the ICSC, said that upon seeing the photos of the weapons and tweets that Feigin had posted about the Center, the first thing that came to his mind was a “Columbine-type event.”
Ricci said, “He could have easily barged in and hurt some of our members,” adding “The worst came to mind and that’s why we have added additional security to the Islamic Center.”
The outcome of Feigin’s threats could have absolutely been worse and are reminiscent of other minority communities being targets of racist violence.
In June 2015, Dylann Roof entered a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina and opened fire, killing nine people during their bible study.
Feigin will be arraigned on November 10.