The Detroit News is reporting that a man was arrested outside of a mosque in suburban Detroit armed with explosives.
Roger Stockham, 63, is charged with one count of a false report or threat of terrorism and one count of explosives-possession of bombs with unlawful intent after Dearborn police arrested him Monday outside the Islamic Center of America, one the largest mosques in North America.
Stockham, a resident of Imperial Beach, Calif., is being held on a $500,000 cash bond. He will be in court on Friday for hearing on the charges before 19th District Court Judge Mark Somers.
FBI special agent Sandra Berchtold confirmed today the FBI is investigating an incident referred to the federal agency by Dearborn police.
Police said Stockham was in possession of class C fireworks, a 15-year felony, when he was arrested Monday outside the center. The terrorism charge is a 20-year felony.
On his MySpace page, Stockham said, “Proud of my kids. Happy with how much I’ve lived. Ready for it to be over, but have a policy I contend with often: So long as I am alive, I can’t play dead.”
But don’t worry, folks; this is just another isolated incident. There’s no evidence that all the anti-Islamic rhetoric we’ve been hearing over the last few years has anything at all to do with it. How do we know this? Because the suspect is a white guy from California named Roger. Therefore he’s not a terrorist.
Now if his name was Mustaffa and he was outside a Catholic church, that would be evidence of a world-wide conspiracy against Christians, which we all know is on-going but not at all reported by the pro-Islamic American media.
But he isn’t, and he wasn’t, so it’s no big deal.
Footnote: Steve M. notes that Mr. Stockham apparently has quite a colorful record going back a number of years.