TOMPKINSVILLE, Staten Island — A man has been arrested for allegedly storming into a Staten Island mosque and threatening to kill Muslims, as well as violence against its imam, police sources said Friday.
Angel Mercado, 38, is accused making the threats at the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center, located at 307 Victory Blvd.
“You f—ing Muslims, I’m going to kill you. This is not the end, you’re going to hear about me. I’m going to cut you balls off, this is not the end,” the man said according to police sources.
He then allegedly picked up a pipe and threatened violence against the mosque’s imam.
Mercado was arrested around 1 a.m., and is expected to be charged with a felony hate crime, menacing, making a terroristic threat, felony criminal possession of a weapon, and aggravated harassment at a religious premise.
It was not immediately clear how many people were inside the mosque at the time of the incident.