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Police arrest South Dakota man after brandishing weapons on Facebook Live outside of Christian conference

April 24, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Police arrest South Dakota man after brandishing weapons on Facebook Live outside of Christian conference

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A man from South Dakota, who displayed a stockpile of firearms on Facebook Live outside of a Christian conservative conference while warning viewers to “be scared,” has been charged with making a terrorist threat after police originally said he did not commit a crime.

Ehab Abdulmutta Jaber, 45, was taken into custody Friday, weeks after he live streamed his threats outside of an anti-Islam event in Sioux Falls.

Jaber walked into the conference on April 9th titled: “Sabotaging America: Islam’s March Towards Supremacy” — organized by the Christian group Worldview Weekend — and videotaped himself holding a copy of the Quran.

Security personnel at the Hilton Garden Inn South escorted him out, believing that he was carrying weapons.

The man then sat in his car and started recording on Facebook Live.

In the video, Jaber is wearing a shirt that says, “I am an American I am a Muslim I open And Conceal carry I am only dangerous If you are stupid.”

He stated in the video that there were up to 500 people in the hotel, and laughed while recalling how security asked him if he had guns.

Jaber then shows off six weapons, including a rifle and several handguns, some of which were concealed under his clothes.

“Be scared,” he stated after he showed each weapon to the camera. “Be f—ing terrified.”

Local police and FBI agents interviewed Jaber on April 9th but initially said he wouldn’t face charges because he didn’t commit an offense.

“Everything he was doing was legal,” Sioux Falls Police Sam Clemens said in an interview with the Argus Leader. “He didn’t break laws, so we didn’t charge him. It would have been a different story if he threatened anybody.”

However, after speakers from the conference pressured police for charges, officers arrested him on one count of making a terrorist threat. During a raid of Jaber’s residence, officers discovered guns as well as meth.

He is facing up to five years behind bars and may face additional charges for the drugs.

Jaber’s apprehension occurred the same week a murderer in Cleveland, Steve Stephens, posted a video of himself killing a stranger on Facebook and then threatened more violence in a Facebook Live rant. Stephens remained on the lam for two days before shooting himself during a pursuit in Pennsylvania.

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