Federal investigators recently revealed a man from California threatened to murder Texas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress “in the name of Allah.”
Darnell Ray Owens, 32, was arrested last week in Tulsa, where he awaited extradition to his hometown of Sacramento, according to The Dallas Morning News. Jeffress, lead pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, has been an outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump.
“I will assassinate your pastor in the name of Allah,” Owens reportedly wrote in part, referring to Jeffress. “I will burn down Christian churches. … This is a threat.”
Owens’ threatening letter arrived in the church’s post office box July 10, 2018, when a church employee opened the envelope, which was laced with a white powder substance. The powder was found to be nontoxic after the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department quarantined the employee.
Church staffers told FBI officials there were several people at the worship center at the time preparing for a children’s vacation Bible school event when the letter arrived.
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