FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida. – A Florida man has been charged with federal hate crimes after allegedly call threatening a bomb at a mosque.
A grand jury indictment released Friday charges the 26-year-old Dustin Allen Hughes with impeding the free exercise of religious beliefs and the making of threats via the telephone. Hughes is set to make a plea next week. He faces dozens of years in prison, if convicted.
Federal prosecutors say a number of voice mail messages were left earlier this month on the Jamaat ul Muttaqeen Mosque in Pembroke Pines.
The voice messages were laced with profanity and said things like “I planted a bomb in your temple. … You are all goes up in flames after I’m done with you!”
Prosecutors say Hughes is well-known to the leaving of the messages, because he wanted to be angry and afraid of Muslims.