A fired Oklahoma City nursing home employee was arrested Friday for allegedly threatening to behead a co-worker — less than 20 miles from where Alton Alexander Nolen is accused of beheading a co-worker the day before.
Jacob Mugambi Muriithi, 30, is being held in the Oklahoma County jail on a terrorism complaint. His bail is set at $1 million, The Oklahoman reported.
“We take these threats very seriously,” said Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater.
The arrest came on the same day police in Moore identified Vaughan Foods worker Alton Alexander Nolen as the suspect accused of beheading a co-worker Thursday after he was fired. Mr. Nolen is a Muslim convert and had recently started trying to convert several employees to Islam, police said.
Mr. Muriithi has been identified as a native of Kenya who worked at Bellevue Nursing Home in northwest Oklahoma City, The Oklahoman reported.
The co-worker, who was not identified, reported Mr. Muriithi threatened her while they were both working at the nursing home on Sept. 19. She said Mr. Muriithi called himself a Muslim and said Islamic State fighters beheading Christians “is just what we do.”
Mr. Muriithi told the victim that he was going to cut her head off with “a blade,” and then told her after he did it that he would post it on Facebook, a police detective wrote in an arrest warrant affidavit.
“The victim said [Mr. Muriithi] was serious when speaking and never made any statements that he was joking or playing around,” the detective wrote, The Oklahoman reported.
The woman reported Mr. Muriithi repeated the threat as she left work, saying in front of another employee that he was going to use a blade, the detective reported.