A registered sex offender has been arrested after allegedly threatening Muslims at a California park over the weekend.
What happened: The incident occurred at Heron Landing Park in Rancho Cordova at around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. The suspect, identified as 33-year-old Robert Avery, allegedly hurled racist remarks, tried to run over and threatened to “shoot and bomb” Muslim families in the area.
The aftermath: A video shows someone in a car driving erratically through the park’s walkways while fleeing the scene. No one was injured in the incident.
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Suspect arrested: Avery, who was also accused of causing a disturbance at a liquor store prior to the park incident, turned himself in the next morning. He is facing felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon and making criminal threats, as well as a misdemeanor hate crime charge.
About the suspect: California records show Avery is a registered sex offender who was convicted of annoying or molesting a child under 18. Police are investigating whether the Orangevale resident is even allowed to be near parks, which could result in additional charges.
CAIR responds: The Sacramento Valley/Central California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV/CC) issued a statement following Avery’s arrest.
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“We thank local law enforcement authorities for their swift action in taking the suspect into custody and urge federal authorities to consider bringing hate crime charges for this apparently bias-motivated attack on members of a minority community,” CAIR-SV/CC Senior Civil Rights Attorney Layli Shirani said.
Avery is being held at Sacramento County Main Jail on a $125,000 bond.
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