Man arrested, charged with making terrorist threat against DeSoto mosque

DeSoto police have arrested a man they say threatened a local mosque.

48-year-old Demarcus Brodie, from DeSoto, was charged with issuing a terrorist threat against the DeSoto House of Peace & Community Center on West Beltline road.

Police say he approached worhippers and threatened to kill families and kill them, if they continue to practice their religion.

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Police released images of Brodie from inside on the mosque on Tuesday, February 14. 

They identified Brodie from the surveillance images and through background checks, which found that he was charged with a 2007 violent crime in Charlotte, North Carolina.

In that case, witnesses said Brodie walked into a hotel restaurant and slashed a server's neck, what police described as a serious and nearly fatal wound.

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"I would like to thank our officers and detectives for working quickly and diligently to track this man down and get him off the street. He is no longer a threat to our community. I would also like to thank our residents who looked out for their neighbors and worked with us to help keep our community safe," said DeSoto Police Chief Joseph Costa in a statement.

The case has been referred to the U.S. District Attorney's Office to see if it qualifies as a hate crime.