- A 25-year-old Ghanaian, Kevin Asiedu, has been arrested and charged in the USA for making threats linked to terrorism
- Asiedu was picked up along with two other suspects, but he was the only one charged
Kevin Asiedu, a 25-year-old Ghanaian living in the United States of America, has been arrested and charged with making terror threats.
Asiedu was arrested after he left a backpack inside the Culinary Institute of America during a Marist College musical performance.
The incident took place around 2:41 PM, on Sunday, May 5, 2019, when the Hyde Park police responded to the Culinary Institute of America for a report of a “Dangerous Situation,” said Hyde Park police chief, Robert Benson.
“Patrols were advised that an unknown male entered the Marriot Pavilion and was acting suspicious,” Benson said.
Per a report by Citinewsroom.com, officers arrived and began interviewing people at the concert. A male later identified as Kevin Asiedu, of the Bronx, entered the venue during a performance.
According to Benson, Asiedu was carrying a backpack, walked into the front of the venue and sat down.
He remained seated for a short period, then got up, left the backpack on the seat and exited the row. He then stood in the aisle staring at the stage.
CIA Security and other members of the audience who were retired or off-duty law enforcement officers thereafter approached him, and they asked him to sit down.
Benson went on to say that the crowd became nervous, because he left the unattended backpack on the seat and was not responding to members of the audience who were asking him questions.
YEN.com.gh understands that the crowd then began to evacuate due to Asiedu’s actions. Upon being questioned, he indicated that his actions were hinged on a plan to cause harm.
Patrols then placed him into custody for making a terror threat. The backpack was searched and contained paper to make it look like it had contents.
Asiedu who was with two other subjects, was detained and interviewed, but the others were not charged, the chief said.
Asiedu was charged with making a terror threat, criminal nuisance, and disorderly conduct.
He was arraigned before Judge Joseph Petito and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail on $1,000 cash or $2,000 bail bond.
He is due back in the Town of Hyde Park Justice Court on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.
The Hyde Park Police were assisted at the scene by the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, Culinary Institute of America Safety and the Dutchess County District Attorney’s Office.
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