Kenyan man in Oklahoma arrested for being “member of ISIS”, family outraged
A Kenyan man has been arrested in Oklahoma city for terrorism related charges.
Jacob Mugambi Muriithi, 30, was arrested on September 25th for making threatening statements to a co-worker. Muriithi who was an employee of Bellevue Nursing Home is said to have threatened the co-worker by saying that he would “cut off her head.”
He’s said to have threatened the unidentified co-worker on Sept. 19.
He is being held in the Oklahoma County jail on a terrorism complaint. His bail is set at $1 million.
“We take these threats very seriously,” Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater said.
The arrest came on the same day police in Moore revealed fired Vaughan Foods worker Alton Alexander Nolen beheaded a co-worker after he was fired Thursday. Nolen is a Muslim convert.
Muriithi was identified as a native of Kenya who is living in Oklahoma City. He worked at Bellevue Nursing Home in northwest Oklahoma City, police reported.
The co-worker reported Muriithi threatened her while they were both working at the nursing home Sept. 19, a police detective wrote in an arrest warrant affidavit.
The woman was not identified.
She said Muriithi identified himself as a Muslim and said he “represented ISIS and that ISIS kills Christians,” the detective told a judge in the affidavit. The two had not worked together before.
ISIS is a reference to Islamic State militants responsible for highly publicized beheadings in the Middle East.
The woman said she asked him why they kill Christians and he replied, “This is just what we do,” the detective reported.
“The victim said Jacob asked her what time she got off work and she replied by asking him in a joking manner if he was going to kill her,’ the detective wrote. “Jacob told the victim, ‘Yes,’ he was going to cut her head off. The victim asked Jacob what he was going to cut her head off with and he said, ‘A blade,’ then told her after he did it he was going to post it on Facebook.
“The victim said Jacob was serious when speaking and never made any statements that he was joking or playing around.”
The woman reported Muriithi repeated the threat as she left work, saying in front of another employee that he was going to use a blade, the detective reported.
The FBI said Friday about the tragedy in Moore that there is no current indication of any additional threat to residents of Oklahoma related to that incident.
Muriithi’s family however has vehemently denied that he made the threatening statements. They are preparing to strongly fight for Muriithi and dismiss allegations that he could be a member of ISIS. They say the charges are based on pure hearsay and there is no credible evidence.
The family is currently working on securing an attorney for Muriithi.