WASHINGTON, D.C. - A man who was arrested in a security scare in Northwest D.C. on Tuesday night threatened to blow up the Friendship Heights Metro station, according to a criminal complaint in the case.
It was a chaotic scene Tuesday night in Friendship Heights when three blocks of Wisconsin Avenue Northwest were cleared of cars and pedestrians. Adjacent buildings and restaurants were evacuate More..d, including both Mazza Gallerie and Chevy Chase Pavilion.
It all happened because of a young man who was caught on camera by FOX 5 sitting in on the sidewalk along Wisconsin Avenue wearing a blue sweater and handcuffs.
Police say the man's name is Ahamed Ali, based on a driver license from Bangladesh. Witnesses and police say Ali had been hanging around Chevy Chase Pavilion for a couple of days, taking notes, making threats, and acting strangely.
Now, according to a police report obtained by FOX 5, more is known about what had concerned passersby and police.
Investigators say Ali was overheard calling out: "I'm not scared to die! I will kill you! I will blow people up and the Metro!"
"He made some statements, threatening individuals," said Sgt. Guy Poirier of the Joint Terrorist Task Force. "At that point we had to take him at his word, what he meant."
Sgt. Poirier says this was not an overblown response.
"Metropolitan Police Department takes everything serious," he said. "We take it as a real event until we can prove otherwise."
Police say they arrested Ali while he sat near the Starbucks kiosk inside the Chevy Chase Pavilion, only steps from the Friendship Heights Metro station.
"Well, let's hope that people have become a little more aware after 9/11, and that they start paying attention to suspicious people and behaviors that are abnormal," said Sgt. Poirier.
Detectives also searched Ali's backpack right on the sidewalk in front of the Cheesecake Factory. In the backpack, police say they found a notebook with "I will kill you" written inside. It contained diagrams of bridges, mosques and other buildings in Washington.
Ahamed Ali was eventually taken into custody and questioned by detectives Tuesday night. So far, police have not released his age or any local address for the young man. He remains in custody, where he will stay until he returns to court next week.
They also haven't said if he intended to carry out any of his threats. Police did not find any explosives during their search.
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