American Man Arrested in Plot to Destroy Detroit Mosque

January 31, 2011

(ChattahBox U.S. News)—A 63-year-old Vietnam veteran was arrested last week after allegedly parking a car filled with explosives outside of the Islamic Center of America, a Metro Detroit mosque. Roger Stockham, the suspect in the case, had previously been in legal trouble after threatening to kill President George W. Bush and planning to bomb a Vermont veterans’ clinic, the Detroit News reports.

Police received a tip about the plot and arrested Stockham outside of the mosque, where 500 mourners were attending a funeral. Stockham was accused of driving his car from his home in Imperial Beach, CA, to Detroit as part of his plan to damage the mosque, the Detroit News notes.

In the past, Stockham used the alias “Hem Ahadin” to claim he was a Muslim terrorist and make threats against President Bush for things Bush had said about Iraq. Stockham pleaded insanity in his earlier case and was found to suffer from bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and personality disorder with anti-social features. He was released from federal lockup in Sept. 2005 after doctors determined he had recovered from his mental disease, the Detroit News notes.


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