A radical Islamic State-loving Yonkers Islamic extremist was arrested by the feds on Friday for plotting to kill police officers and the city’s mayor by starting on the street where the local St. unfold, authorities said on Friday.
Ridon Kola, 32, has been arrested and charged with making threatening interstate communications, according to U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Damian Williams.
On several occasions in recent months, Kola has posted troubling messages online, including support for “jihad” or “war against non-Muslims,” according to federal authorities. He also expressed support for Islamic State extremists.
Then, on March 9, he messaged Yonkers police directly, saying, “The first people to be crucified will be the Yonkers Vallahi rats. Allahu Ekberr” and “I will crucify the Yonkers cops and their bosses all along McLean Avenue. It will be a horror scene. . . Allahu Ekberr.
Although Kola did not directly threaten the parade, McLean Avenue is the street where the city’s St. Patrick’s Day event is scheduled for Saturday.
Three days later, Kola posted a photo of himself holding an ax with the caption “Come on Judas, I’m waiting for you.”
Fearing violence could erupt during the parade, the Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested Kola on Friday morning, according to the indictment.
“Threats of violence against the police or harm to public safety will not be tolerated, as Kola is now charged and faces jail time for his threats against our law enforcement partners charged with protecting us.” , Williams said.