A Minneapolis man was ordered detained Wednesday after authorities say he got angry and used his Twitter account to threaten law enforcement officers after some of his close friends were arrested for allegedly trying to join the Islamic State group in Syria.
Mahamed Abukar Said, 19, is charged with one count related to threatening a federal law enforcement officer and one count of using interstate communications to make threats to injure.
At a hearing Wednesday in federal court, U.S. Magistrate Judge Franklin Noel found probable cause for the case to proceed and said it would be referred to a grand jury. He also ordered Said, who was arrested Friday, to remain in detention — noting that Said’s criminal record dates back to when he was 15 and includes eight instances in which he failed to make his court appearances.
According to an FBI affidavit, Said used his Twitter account last week to threaten to kill a federal official and demand that the men be freed. In one tweet, Said allegedly wrote, “the Feds are getting two choices. Either they gon free my bros or they gon have a massacre happen then they gon take me too,” the affidavit said.