A man in Mobile was arrested overnight after making terroristic threats that caused an apartment complex on Old Shell Road to be evacuated and setting a fire with a burning United States flag.
At around 8 p.m., officers with the Mobile Police Department responded to Rosewood Apartments after getting reports of a structure fire.According to police, Ibrahim Alohali, a 27-year-old student at the University of South Alabama, started the fire in his apartment, while burning a U.S. flag.
A report from indictment indicates Alohali told police he had explosives inside his apartment when they arrived on the scene, which prompted the area to be evacuated.
However, after a search of the property, no explosives were actually found. So far, Alohali has only been charged with first-degree arson, making terrorist threats and desecrating the U.S. Flag.
Earlier in the day, USA officials confirmed Alohali is a senior at the university studying health sciences. According to records from the Mobile County Metro Jail, Alohali was arrested and booked into police custody around midnight.
So far, the Mobile Police Department has not released any additional information about their investigation or what Alohali’s motive might have been.