- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Montgomery County police say a former employee made threats against a Potomac restaurant’s owner after he hung an Israeli and an American flag outside his establishment.

Police said they have an arrest warrant for Amber Denise Edmond, 30, of Beltsville in connection with threats against the owner of Benny’s Bar and Grill in Potomac and that they plan to charge her with a hate crime.

Ms. Edmond last worked at Benny’s in July. Police said that on Aug. 7, the restaurant owner received an anonymous phone call during which the caller told him to take down an Israeli flag he had hung outside. The caller also made several threats against the owner and made anti-Semitic statements, police said.

Using phone records, police were able to trace the calls to Ms. Edmond. Police said Ms. Edmond has spoken with investigators and is making arrangements to turn herself in.

Police said she will be charged with obstructing the free exercise of religious beliefs by threat of force and for telephone misuse.