Muslim Couple Arrested in Arkansas for Making Terror Threats

If anything has been learned from Orlando, it should be that when a person poses a threat, verbally or by their actions, something should be done to protect those who have been threatened.

Another threat, this time, halted, occurred in Northwest, Arkansas at a Mel’s Diner.  A Muslim couple were dissatisfied with their waitresses service and threatened her to her face, as well as on social media.

A husband and wife in Northwest Arkansas have been arrested on terror charges after allegedly threatening a waitress in a local diner. “People like you are the reason we kill,” the wife reportedly said to the victim. She further threatened the waitress on social media by posting a picture of her husband in “Muslim attire” kneeling with an assault rifle. This was not the first time the couple attracted the attention of law enforcement.

Police say Daphne Ridenour, who also goes by Daphne Crawford, and her husband Alan Crawford made terroristic threats to a waitress while eating in Mel’s Diner in Prairie Grove.

After the incident in the diner, investigators say the couple continued making threats on multiple social media websites.

Daphne Crawford also threatened a victim on a Facebook post saying her husband would show up with an AK-47. According to the report, Daphne Crawford sent the victim a picture of her husband in “Muslim attire” kneeling with a weapon described as an assault rifle.

The FBI is involved in this investigation, but the Crawfords are not strangers to many law enforcement agencies.  They have been arrested and booked for various crimes, including rape and sodomy, scouting out the entrances to a local mall and other threatening acts.

• In October 2009, Alan Crawford was arrested and booked in Sequoyah County on rape and sodomy charges. Those charges were later dropped.

• Law enforcement in 2015 discovered that the Crawfords were making radical comments and threats on social media about their conversion to Islam.

• In November 2015, when a military serviceman was killed, Muldrow police believed the Crawfords were a credible threat to the funeral, but did not have any charges against them at the time.

• In December 2015, the Crawfords were escorted out of Central Mall in Fort Smith for recording mall entrances against mall policy.

An officer in a police report regarding the incident said, “I had two unknown subjects come up to me and advise me that a male subject wearing a thobe was video recording everyone in the mall and he was video-taping the entrances of several stores.”However, while speaking to KFSM, Crawford claimed he was only recording audio and that five officers were not needed to escort the family out of the mall. “He informed me that he needed me to lift up my thobe in order to obtain my ID. What crime I committed, I don’t know. I wasn’t aware that police officers show up five at a time to enforce mall law. If you want me to leave, I will leave happily,” Crawford said.

Further, he said he was at the mall to shop and hand out leaflets for a local charity. Crawford insisted he saw no sign prohibiting filming and recording in the mall.

“I audio recorded the police officer and held my camera in the manner that would lead him to believe that I did video tape while he screamed at me and told me that “I can confiscate your phone”. You can’t confiscate my phone for mall law. I violated mall law, OK? Which wasn’t even clearly posted,” he said.

• A police report says Alan threatened to kill a used car salesman back in March.

In the past, the couple has screamed, “Islamaphobia” and played their religious victim card, but certainly with recent events, authorities have to take every threat seriously.

Source: PJ Media





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