Hat tip Jihad Watch.
This actually happened the day before Nidal Hasan went Jihadi-postal (but don’t let that inconvenient fact stop me from making an eye-catching headline blurb!).
According to the Danville Express,
Police arrested 22-year-old Abdul Walid Hamid of Hayward on the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 4, after he reportedly tore a crucifix from a person’s neck and scared others at Stoneridge Shopping Center.
Hamid, an employee at a mall kiosk near Starbucks, has been charged with battery, terrorist threats and grand theft.
According to reports, Hamid was yelling “Allah is power” and “Islam is great” while holding a pen in a fist over his head. Witnesses said he shouted anti-Christian comments, said police.
Lt. Mike Elerick of the Pleasanton Police Department said the man was not provoked and didn’t threaten violence, but he committed robbery when he grabbed and broke a crucifix off someone’s neck.
I’d say that constitutes assault/battery as well, and was an act of violence.
Coworkers told police that Hamid’s actions were out of the ordinary and that he had worked at the kiosk for years.
Police also said they weren’t aware of a prior criminal history for the man.
“We had multiple people calling 911,” Elerick said. “One female was crouching down and hiding from him. He definitely scared quite a few people.”
Elerick said much of the man’s speech was similar to the loud scene of the Christian activists who frequent downtown Pleasanton. The big difference, however, was that Hamid was on private property and had physical contact with someone.
“Mall management has the option of making a citizen’s arrest on anybody and asking someone to remove themselves for any reason,” he said. “If there was no physical contact between Hamid and the customers, with just his actions alone, the mall would have asked that he be removed.”
Hamid was reportedly not cooperating and was arrested by force and taken to John George Psychiatric Pavilion in San Leandro for an evaluation. Police said the case would be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for review and possible charges.
I wonder if he’ll receive the same psychiatric evaluation as Nidal Hasan?
Hamid was arraigned Tuesday morning at Alameda Superior Court in Pleasanton on charges of battery, grand theft, exhibition of a deadly weapon and a possible hate crime. Deputy District Attorney Ronda Theisen requested his bail remain at $27,000.
Calling it a bizarre case, Theisen also asked that Hamid, who is still in custody, be ordered to stay out of Stoneridge Shopping Center.
Through an interpreter, Hamid requested a public defender and was scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. Thursday where he is expected to enter a plea.
Hamid’s been working in the mall kiosk for years, yet needs an interpreter?!
Incidentally, the American Muslim Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Council
has not received a single report recently of a U.S. soldier being harassed “simply because he was Muslim.”
The only backlash that seems to be the result here, is MSM pushing the PC mantra and not acknowledging that Islam has a part to play in the narrative, here.
And even if a Muslim, in or out of the military, has received some taunts and verbal abuse, SO WHAT? Grow some thicker skin! Grow up.
I’m a military wife who works in the chapel. That’s my full time job besides being a mother. In the many military posts I’ve been stationed in, we bend over backwards to accomodate and welcome ALL religions. We even have Wiccan services. We have Jewish, Muslim…. that isn’t to say that Muslims are never teased or looked on with suspicion, but ill treatment is rare. In fact, I would bet my soul that Muslim soldiers are treated far better in the military than single female soldiers.
Most Christians in the military are VERY tolerant. We see all different kinds of faith operating within the military and all around the world. It’s simply our experience that we live.
Let me tell you a little something about that article you linked to. The discussion is about Muslim soldeirs troubled by fighting in Middle Eastern countries. Well, that should raise red flags to the military. WE’RE FIGHTING TERRORISTS AND IMPOSTER MUSLIMS, not good devout law abiding Muslims. Why would a Muslim soldier have a consciencious objection to fighting Muslim heretics who kill women and children, who behead and rape? They shouldn’t unless they are sympathetic to their cause. THAT IS CAUSE FOR ALARM.
We have a friend whose a Major in the Army. He’s also a good devout Muslim. He fought in Iraq and had no problem doing so because he understood he was fighting evil men, not good Muslims. In fact, he was protecting the innocent Muslim civilians by fighting al-Qaeda, the insurgency and other terrorists.
I will say that for the charge that “This (sterotyping) could have been done by a rightwing Christian group”, I say, so what? Sterotyping isn’t exactly as dangerous as picking up a pistol and murdering 14 innocent people, is it? And since when do Christians have to give up their religious views to accomodate the Muslims? They think we’re infidels, we think they’re in a false religion. That’s life. These people are soldiers and need to man up and deal with criticism.
I would also point out that per the article, U.S. soldiers would be IDIOTS not to look out for suspicious behavior. To do what they’re saying, and just accept all Muslim soldiers without expecting their character to speak for themselves, is the same reckless blind-eye-turning that led to this massacre to begin with.
CH Houston said, “Our Muslim soldiers are accepted well.” Then he says “It’s dangerous to stereotype. This could have been done by a right-wing Christian group.”
“This”? What “this” is he talking about, sterotyping? What a crime. Please, let’s not talk about the damage right-wing Muslims have done.
This article didn’t site any specifics except some Ft. Hood Muslim troops felt “ridiculed”. Well, join the club, fellas. Guess what ridicule I went through when Jim Baker and Jimmy Swaggart were found to be hyopcrites? Or when reports of child molesting priests surfaced? It’s called LIFE. I’ve been ridiculed about my faith because of the actions of others on this blog all the time. So? We all fight apostacy in our faiths, mostly by setting the right example with our personal lives.
Life happens, people. Man up. It’s as I said before, no one is actually doing anything to Muslim soldiers. It’s all theories and feelings people are talking about, as if Muslim soldiers are under some sort of threat. It’s not as if non-Muslim soldiers are picking up guns and shooting the Muslim soldiers, after all. That would be insane.
A former fetus, the “wordsmith from nantucket” was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1968. Adopted at birth, wordsmith grew up a military brat. He achieved his B.A. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles (graduating in the top 97% of his class), where he also competed rings for the UCLA mens gymnastics team. The events of 9/11 woke him from his political slumber and malaise. Currently a personal trainer and gymnastics coach.
The wordsmith has never been to Nantucket.
If it happened before the other event, does that make it a “frontlash?
WS, how he was holding the pen is very important, spin is everything. (Enjoy the pun) If he held the pen in a vertical axis above his head as if it were a shaft he could “spin” on, then he is obviously off his rocker. If he held the pen in a horizontal axis, it could be taken as a threatening gesture and he was obviously off his rocker. It takes years of practice to become a lethal weapon with only a pen as a weapon and very few of these ink pen assassins work in kiosks.
Since he worked close to Starbucks, there is the chance that a caffeine addiction was responsible for his out burst. Like Obama says, it is best to wait until all the facts are in before we rush to judgement, thus the administration will have the time to write a semi-plausible explanation and exploit any political leverage possible.
It happened 10 miles north of me…It must be my fault.
Why not try Hasan for treason?
I’ve been an NRA member for years and truly believe in the 2nd amendment but, I don’t think muslims should be allowed to own any kind of firearm. If they go crazy and kill a bunch of people they will be ruled insane. If they go jihad and kill a bunch of people thay will be ruled insane. Either way they win. There is only one way they can own a hand gun and that is if the gun comes with pig skin grips and resides in a pig skin holster.
I am getting two of each comment, one in normal text and the second in rough computer speak language. Anyone know how to get rid of the geeky one?
#2. Read within the past week where a ‘school’ student was arrested for stabbing a classmate with a pencil. Now we have to outlaw sharp pencils. Evidently it takes no training to use a pen/pencil as a weapon and in the right place, by design or accident, either would be deadly.
Is it just me, or are there lots more of muslim arrests due to national security threats within the past few months? I’m wondering why, hmm.