A man waving a Quran and dressed in a robe was arrested in Denton, Texas, Wednesday after allegedly making “terroristic threats” at several locations in town, including an IHOP restaurant, a hospital and the county courthouse.
Police first encountered Peshwaz Azad Waise, 28, following reports of a man making death threats and talking about “Allah and God.”
According to police, Waise caused a stir at the restaurant on Tuesday by approaching diners and trying to hand out Qurans. He was cited for trespassing and told to leave the area.
On Wednesday morning, he reportedly drove to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital and tried to give a woman in the parking lot a copy of the Quran. Police say he then entered the hospital and threatened to impose the death penalty on several people for refusing.
“He told them to give the Quran to the chaplain or chapel ‘or die,'” read a police press release.
Waise also said the hospital would “go down,” according to the arrest warrant.
Police caught up with Waise again at the county courthouse, where witnesses said he tried to go inside the building but was stopped at the security checkpoint. He called himself “the king” and screamed threats about imposing the “death penalty” while insisting he be allowed to give a copy of the Quran to the judges, according to KDFW-TV.
He was approached by sheriff’s deputies and arrested without incident.
“Anyone who touches me is going to bleed,” police quoted him as saying.
Waise was taken to the Denton jail and his car was searched by the bomb squad. No weapons were found.
“This is the first time I’ve seen this type of response,” lawyer Pete Schulte told the Dallas News. “But I’m glad they’re being prudent and investigating.”