A man was arrested in Oklahoma City, on a complaint of threatening to kill by the use of explosive. Police said he was seen taking suspicious photos at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and that he called his sister in Iran to tell her that, “hundreds of people are going to die in Oklahoma City, and something very large is going to happen.”
Officials with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s joint Terrorism Task Force contacted Oklahoma City police on Oct. 30, regarding a suspicious person taking photos at the Memorial. Officials said the person, later identified as Amiremad Nayebyazdi, had been seen taking photos of unusual angles and places at the Memorial on several occasions.
Amiremad Nayebyazdi, 32, was being held Tuesday in Oklahoma County jail without bail, according to records.
A court affidavit said police received a tip Thursday from a longtime friend of Nayebyazdi living in California that the suspect had left a phone message for his sister in Iran saying “hundreds are going to die in Oklahoma City.”
In the message, Nayebyazdi said, “Don’t tell mom and dad until after it is seen on the news,” the affidavit said.
Nayebyazdi, who has a degree in petroleum engineering and worked for an oil company in Oklahoma City, was spotted at the Oklahoma City National Memorial on several occasions taking photos of “unusual angles and places where people didn’t normally take photographs,” the affidavit said. The memorial is to remember the 168 people who were killed in the Oklahoma City bombing in April 1995.
Police, FBI and the bomb squad searched Nayebyazdi’s apartment and his vehicle on Thursday, but no explosives were found. Police said he admitted leaving the message for his sister and that it forewarned of an explosion, but he denied making any explosive devices.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.