Sterling Heights man charged with making terror threats
(FOX 2) - The Oakland County Sheriffs are investigating an alleged work place threat made on Snapchat.
Sheriffs say 31-year-old Ahmed Anwarullah of Sterling Heights began making threats on social media against former coworkers and the United States.
"You just never know what somebody is going to do," said Oakland County Undersheriff Michael McCabe. "You can't make these kinds of threats - it's that simple."
McCabe says last Friday Anwarullah, who had been working in Sales at United Shore in Pontiac for about two-and-a-half months, was sent home for odd behavior. The same day a video was discovered on Snapchat.
"He sent a video of him at a range with an AR-15 pointed in the air, a couple of cartridges and said 'Indians don't play,'" McCabe said.
The next day McCabe says the mortgage company held a Christmas party at a casino. Anwarullah showed up.
"He became extremely intoxicated, belligerent and obnoxious," McCabe said. "They removed him from the party, he came back a second time and they removed him again."
But Anwarullah's threatening behavior didn't stop there. On Monday morning United Shore fired him. McCabe says he then sent a photo of himself kissing a 45-caliber handgun to current and former employees.
"He said he had all their sales force contacts, he knew where people lived," McCabe said. "He said he 'has more ammo to blow up your desecrated country.'"
Employees became nervous while United Shore called police. Deputies quickly arrived to the former employee's home in Sterling Heights where they say they found five guns - three semi-automatics and two rifles.
"The people there at the house agreed to let us hold onto them until this is all sorted out," McCabe said.
United Shore released a statement:
"The safety, security and well-being of every United Shore team member will always be the number one priority for our company. We create and practice security procedures on a regular basis. Some of these procedures were used Monday."
Ahmed Anwarullah is now charged with making terroristic threats, a 20-year felony. The ex-employee is being held on a $50,000 cash bond as police reiterate this is no joke.
"Call the police," McCabe said. "Don't take the stuff like he's just joking. You don't know what's in his mind, you don't know what is in anybody's mind."