A man was charged with transmitting a threat on Friday after it was claimed that he threatened to murder police officers at a St. Patrick’s Day parade. Let’s see more about Ridon Cola in detail.
Who is Ridon Cola?
According to federal prosecutors, a 32-year-old, New York man is arrested for supporting terrorism inside the state.
Ridon is accused of plotting to murder police officers and threatening to kill a mayor on the street where the neighborhood’s St. Patrick’s Day parade takes place.
The Justice Department reported that 32-year-old Ridon Kola was taken into custody and accused of sending menacing messages across state lines.
“As alleged, Ridon Kola posted threats on social media against law enforcement, stating his support for ISIS and his intention to murder numerous police officers.
Undeterred after questioning from law enforcement, Kola’s conduct escalated, as he continued to assure police his threats would be carried out,”according to U.S. Attorney Damian Williams in a statement.
Kola resides near the end of the parade route, according to the complaint. Kola was taken into custody by the joint terrorist task force on Friday morning, states the indictment.
NY man who supported ISIS arrested:
Ridon Kola, 32, is accused of plotting to murder Yonkers, New York police officers and threatening to kill a mayor on the street where the local St. Patrick’s Day parade is scheduled to take place this weekend.
Kola made a few posts over the course of several months endorsing the terrorist organization and threatening the Yonkers Police Department in relation to the city’s parade, which will take place on Saturday.
Kola’s social media posts also “demonstrate support of radical Islamic extremism and terrorist attacks, including at least one terrorist attack committed on a public holiday,” the criminal complaint states.
However, Neighbors characterized Kola as a quiet man. “Kola was charged after allegedly making online threats toward police officers and the mayor of Yonkers, New York,” United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Damian Williams stated.
Kola’s online posts:
On March 9, Kola sent a direct communication to the police stating, “First people to be crucified will be the Yonkers rats”; and “I will crucify Yonkers cops and their bosses all along McLean ave. It will be a horror scene.”
Days later, he posted another picture of himself holding an ax in his Instagram account, according to the police.
The caption said in Albanian, “Come on Judas, I’m waiting for you.
Although Kola didn’t directly threaten the parade, the fact that the city’s St. Patrick’s Day event is set to take place on McLean Avenue on Saturday prompted authorities to quickly apprehend him on Friday so he wouldn’t cause any harm at the event.
Police officers will be stationed along the entire path of the Yonkers St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which includes McLean Avenue. Kola was scheduled to appear in federal court on Friday.
Following the bust, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano altweeted, “Yonkers is proud to host one of New York’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parades and threats like this will not intimidate us from celebrating the many contributions of our Irish American community.
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