Mesa man violently threatens Muslims and Jews

Posted at 6:46 PM, Jan 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-07 22:44:02-05

Hateful and violent threat in the Valley are getting the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Authorities say Karar Aljanabi is behind bars and on the FBI's radar. 

Aljanabi was arrested in December after allegedly threatening to kill two people, and yelling derogatory comments about Palestinians, Sunnis and Jewish people.

Law enforcement says they take these types of threats seriously because they're concerned about lone wolves that might want to harm the community.

Court documents reveal that Aljanabi walked into a business near Dobson and Main Street in Mesa while screaming derogatory comments and threatening to kill the business owner.

Police said that on Dec. 26 the victim's wife and 13-year-old daughter watched as the business owner tried to remove Aljanabi from the business. Aljanabi then took a switchblade from his sock and tried several times to stab the victim.

Aljanabi escaped by running to the light rail station and getting on the train, documents said.

Police said that two days later Aljanabi was involved in a similar incident at a business near Mesa Drive and Main Street. After leaving the business, Aljanabi kicked the business owner's car, breaking the mirror. Two customers confronted Aljanabi, who pulled a knife on them and tried to stab them, police said.

Officials said Aljanabi tried to escape again by getting on the light rail, but two customers followed him while calling police. Aljanabi was arrested at the next stop.

In an interview with Mesa police, Aljanabi told them he believes, "Allah will bless him for violent acts against these people." He also became violent during the police interview, flipping over chairs and making threats against the officer.

During the interview, court records show Aljanabi made more threats towards Palestinians, Sunni Muslims, and Jews. Police say the suspect said Allah will bless him for violent acts against those people.

In the body camera video, the suspect can be heard talking about God.

"I got Allah with me," said Aljanabi.

At one point, the suspect starts to threaten officers.

"I'm going to break your head if you don't take it easy with me," said Aljanabi.

Mesa police say Aljanabi was evaluated for mental health issues.

Homeland Security was contacted because of the statements he made and investigators are conducting a full threat assessment.

Aljanabi is being held on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, criminal damage and threatening.