- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Diners at a restaurant in Idaho were sent into a panic Friday night after a young man stood on top of the bar and praised Allah as the only god.

Jessie and Aaron Horsewood, owners of Horsewood’s in Caldwell, said the man had been sitting at the bar for a while when he suddenly climbed up on top of the bar and told everyone to be quiet, a local NBC News affiliate reported.

The man yelled, “Allah is the only one true god,” causing customers to bolt for the door, the owners said.

“It was surreal,” Jessie Horsewood said. “They literally left every single thing behind, purses hanging on chairs, cellphones, there were cellphones sitting on tables.”

“Instincts kicked in that this may be a terrorism attack. Whether it was legitimate or not, that’s how you had to view it at that moment,” Aaron Horsewood added.

The man was carrying a backpack, which customers and staff feared contained a weapon. A bartender tackled the man and grabbed the backpack before throwing it down an alley outside. Staff members held the man down outside until police arrived.

“I grab the backpack and then I run it as far as I can to the alley, and then everybody is telling me throw the bag, don’t carry it, but you know, I’m trying to get it as far away as I possibly can. You know, better me than a hundred people,” bartender Christopher Ozuna told a local ABC News affiliate.

Police identified the man as 21-year-old Ralmanzow Bell, who has an extensive history with law enforcement. Only a bottle of alcohol was found in his bag, and he was so intoxicated that he was treated at a local hospital before being booked into the Canyon County jail, police said. Mr. Bell is being charged with disorderly conduct.

“After he sobered up last night I think he kind of saw what his actions were and was kind of shocked by his own actions,” said Lt. Joey Hoadley of the Caldwell Police Department. “I think this is more of a case of a guy who was intoxicated and did something out of the norm and that scared a lot of people and freaked some people out.”

Police said there was no threat but forwarded the case information to the FBI just to be safe, ABC reported.

The incident comes less than a month after a Muslim extremist gunned down 49 people at gay nightclub in Orlando.


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