Feb 8 2014
NEW YORK STATE: Muslim man in trench coat found wandering inside a school, saying ‘I’m not a terrorist”
A Muslim man found wandering around Kenmore West High School in Towanda Tuesday afternoon made a disjointed reference to “Sandy Hook” and said he “wasn’t a terrorist” while being questioned by police.
WIVB (h/t CreepingSharia) Authorities say several students and a teacher observed 36-year-old Derie O. Mohamed of the City of Tonawanda inside the school. He was wearing a trench coat and acting oddly. Within three minutes, the school resource officer escorted Mohamed out of the building.
Town of Tonawanda Police responded to the scene and took Mohamed into custody without incident. They found he had not signed in as a visitor and had no legal right to be on the premises. While interviewing him, officers say Mohamed made a disjointed reference to “Sandy Hook” and that he “wasn’t a terrorist.” He also told police he had recently visited Somalia.
News 4 has learned Mohamed attended Kenmore West in the early 90s. He was born in the United Arab Emirates but later became a U.S. citizen.
Parents who have students that attend Kenmore West are angry at the way the situation was handled. Tom Thur says he learned from a news report, not the school, that this incident took place. Around 25 minutes after News 4 spoke with Thur, he received an automated call from the district saying a man was found trespassing at the high school on Tuesday, and that the man is on the FBI’s most wanted list.
But Town of Tonawanda Police say that is not the case. However, police say they do not know the reason Mohamed was at the school. He is currently being held at the Erie County Holding Center on charges of third degree criminal trespass.