South Florida

Man Accused of Making Bomb Threat to Pompano Beach Islamic Center Appears in Court

The man accused of calling in a bomb threat to a South Florida Islamic Center during the holy month of Ramadan made an appearance in court on Friday.

Police arrested 38-year-old Shawkat Mzayek Thursday, and charged with making a bomb threat.

Broward Sheriff's Office investigators say Mzayek called the Islamic Center of South Florida in Pompano Beach, claiming he would bomb the mosque and kill everyone inside.

The center was evacuated and the bomb squad did a sweep of the building, according to BSO. Within a few hours, the bomb squad cleared the building allowing worshippers back in.

The executive director, who answered the troubling call, took down the suspect's number on caller ID and detectives traced it back to Mzayek.

"I picked up and immediately he said your mosque is going to be blown f- something tonight. We are going to kill you and Isis in America," explained Nihad Sakallah.

NBC 6 caught up with Mzayek's wife Friday morning. She says he converted to Judaism and has no reason to threaten this mosque.

"I don't think, he doesn't know Pompano mosque. I never went there, he's never been there either," Ngwa Mzayek said.

According to the police report, Mzayek admitted to making the threats.

Muslims are currently observing Ramadan, which ends Saturday.

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