Threatening notes at Eden Prairie library lead to charges

  • Article by: VINCE TUSS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 22, 2009 - 12:08 AM

Including drawings of planes, a Star of David and references to 9/11, the notes - in a foreign language - were left over a three-day period at an Eden Prairie library.

An Eden Prairie man has been charged with allegedly leaving threatening notes with drawings of airplanes and references to 9/11 on three days in a Hennepin County library. When interviewed by police, Abdulahi Hassan Farah told officers that the United States was attacked by terrorists before and will be attacked again, according to the criminal complaint.

Farah, 29, was charged Monday in Hennepin County District Court with making terroristic threats, a felony. He was being held in the county jail in lieu of $30,000 bail and was to appear in court this afternoon, according to jail records.

Eden Prairie police went to the library on Wednesday, after a man on his way out handed a note to a worker at the service desk.

The note was in a foreign language and included drawings of buildings, a Star of David and "911," the complaint said, adding that the worker believed it was a reference to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Police returned Thursday after another worker received a note, one with pictures of a plane crashing into something. According to the complaint, the notes were believed to be written in Somali or Arabic.

On Friday, staffers told a detective who was in the library that the man was back and that he was seen writing two notes, according to the complaint. The man left one note under the desk where he was working and the other at the counter, the complaint also said.

Farah told police that he was at the library on those days and left notes for the librarian.

The police complaint added that Farah said that he wanted the public to get his message that the end was coming soon, and that he then went on to speak about the 9/11 terror attacks and made gestures that mimicked a plane crashing into a building.

Vince Tuss • 612-673-7692

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