Man at Denton County courthouse arrested for making terroristic threat

- Denton police arrested a man for making a terroristic threat at the Denton County courthouse Wednesday morning.

Police said they got a call around 8 a.m. about a suspicious man at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. But before officers arrived, he left the scene.

The suspect, identified as 28-year-old Peshwas Azad Waise, allegedly drove to the Denton County courthouse next. He made his way through security and asked to speak to the judges, police said.

Several lawyers who witnessed the incident told FOX 4 the suspect was waiving a Quran around and threatening judges.

"A lot of activity outside,” said witness Pete Schulte. “I could see sheriff’s deputies outside with AR15s and around the parking lot and the courthouse."

He made enough of a scene to attract the attention of sheriff’s deputies, who took him into custody. Waise was eventually arrested for making the terroristic threats at the hospital.

“I didn't hear any threats but I know they were immediately looking for a bomb material on him and in his car,” said witness Philip Ray.

Video from SKY 4 showed a large area of the parking lot blocked off with crime scene tape. A bomb squad robot appeared to be searching a vehicle parked toward the back of the lot, but police say nothing was found.

“There was no mention of bombs or anything,” said Orlando Hinojosa with Denton Police. “We just wanted to take precautions and measures to make sure there was nothing in his car."

The arrest affidavit said Waise started the morning at a Denton IHOP trying to hand out Qurans.  A short time later, he headed to Texas health Presbyterian in Denton, where police say he aggressively tried to hand out Qurans.

Waise, according to the affidavit, spoke to a woman named Isabelle.  It said "Waise advised Isabel that if she did not accept the Quran and pass it on, that she would die and Waise also advised that the hospital would ‘go down.’”

The court document also said Waise made statements regarding there only being one God, not three, and that he, Waise, was king.

Waise is currently being held in the Denton County Jail.

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