FBI: Georgia man arrested for making threats to attack the White House
ATLANTA (FOX 5 ATLANTA) - The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia and the FBI Atlanta Field Office announced Wednesday evening that a Georgia man accused of threatening to attack the White House has been arrested.
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Officials said, 21-year-old Hasher Jallal Taheb of Cumming, Georgia, allegedly had intentions of attacking federal buildings in Washington, D.C. including the White House.
Authorities said they began an investigation into Taheb after being tipped off by someone in the community.
According to U.S. Attorney Byung J. Pak, all potential threats are under control and the upcoming Super Bowl in Atlanta was not a target of the attacks.
Taheb has been charged with attempt to damage by means of an explosive any building owned, possessed, or leased by the United States.
Investigators said it is believed Taheb was acting alone.
The FBI sent FOX 5 the following statement following Taheb's arrest:
"It is important to point out that this investigation and arrest were the direct result of a tip from the community, another example of how important it is to contact law enforcement if you see or hear something suspicious," said Chris Hacker, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta. "Taheb is charged as the result of a year-long investigation by FBI Atlanta's Joint Terrorism Task Force. We want to thank the Forsyth County Sheriff Office and Gwinnett County Police Department for assisting us with his arrest. The investigation is continuing, but at this stage it is believed Taheb was acting on his own."
Taheb was arrested in a Buford store parking lot where agents said he went to exchange his car for guns and explosives.