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DENTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Denton County deputies, police and security took an Iraqi man into custody at a Denton County courts building after a loud outburst and two run-ins with people previously that had police issuing a warrant for his arrest.
Workers at a Denton IHOP restaurant say 28-year-old Peshwaz Waise came into their restaurant around 6:00 a.m. wearing what they called a turban, clutching a Koran and talking to customers about accepting its message.
“So, I guess he approached the guy with the same message but the guy had on a Trump supporter shirt on,” said restaurant employee Darel Walker. “So I guess that where the issue arose.”
The two started arguing which prompted a call to 911.
“Since the guy, the Trump supporter, was sitting down, a paying customer, the dude was asked to leave,” Walker said. “And I heard it carried on into the parking lot.”
Waise was given a ticket for trespassing. Next, police tell CBS11 Waise headed to this hospital and harassed employees telling one woman if she didn’t take his Koran she would die and that the hospital would go down.
Police say he next showed up at the courthouse yelling in Arabic and wanting to see judges.
“I could hear somebody being pulled out of the courthouse screaming and yelling,” said attorney and witness Philip Ray. “I couldn’t understand what he was saying but it was at a high volume. I couldn’t see who he was but there were many officers around him.”
Other attorneys inside the court building were hustled into safe areas.
“We were told that there had been threats made by this individual to judges and lawyers and that when he walked into the courthouse and they were screaming Arabic and had a turban and was trying to show people copies of the Koran,” said attorney Pete Schulte.
As a precaution, police brought in a bomb unit to search Waise’s car. They cleared the scene after removing what appeared to be paint cans from the car.
“And then for something like that to happen not only in your city but where I work? It’s a little unnerving,” Walker said.
Police found a passport on Waise identifying him as an Iraqi.
Investigators said Waise was charged with making terroristic threats and given a ticket earlier in the day outside the restaurant for trespassing.
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