One man is behind bars after making threats to the Islamic Society of Great Oklahoma City (ISGOC). Some threats were graphic and targeted at specific people who attend the mosque.
Justin Bouma, 32, was booked in Oklahoma County Jail on two counts of terrorism hoax and destruction of property. He is linked to several crimes this summer against Muslims in the community.
Saad Mohammed was personally threatened.
“When your name is on the wall, it is more hard hitting than anything else,” said Mohammed.
His name was plastered in bright orange graffiti a few times. Once it read, “Saad not welcome.” Mohammed is the Director of Islamic Information at ISGOC.
“We are anti-ISIS. We hate terrorism. We are against terrorism. Islam teaches against terrorism and oppression. I don’t know why he will write such a thing,” said Mohammed.
Graffiti is only part of the hateful acts. Police say Bouma is responsible for multiple threats.
“We were able to link that back to the individual,” said OKC Police Capt. Paco Balderrama.
Earlier this summer, members of the mosque received an envelope with white powder inside. It turned out to be a hoax. After, Mohammed and others received threatening emails.
“Hey, go back to your country,” he described.
While the suspect is behind bars, Mohammed says the Islamic Society will not be pressing charges. Instead, he wants to educate Bouma about his culture and bridge the gap of misunderstanding.
“Our faith teaches us to forgive the individual,” said Mohammed.