HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - An Iranian national arrested in Hancock County Sunday for allegedly making terrorist threats and assaulting two sheriff's deputies will have a bond hearing Tuesday.
Authorities say they were forced to shut down a portion of I-10 near the Mississippi-Louisiana state line for more than two hours after Safa Alidoust, 32, threatened to set off explosive devices he claimed were in his car. Sheriff's officials say it's a bizarre case.
"Got a call of a naked man on I-10, dispatchers dispatch a deputy out there. When he got there, the guy was naked. So he approaches him, he was talking to him, as they were talking he and the suspect get into a wrestling match," said Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam.
The car Sheriff Adam said the suspect was driving was impounded behind the Sheriff's Department and it had what is believed to be the suspect's clothes on the floor board and passenger seat. The sheriff said while the interstate scuffle was going on, a second officer was sent to the scene.
Adam said the deputies, "Finally subdue him after about 10 or 15 minutes of fighting with him. Which in turn injured one of our officers."
Adam said the scene became more intense after the suspect began making threats praying to Allah and saying he's got a bomb and he's going to blow everybody up. That's when the sheriff says the Biloxi Bomb Squad was called.
"They x-rayed a couple of packages that were in the vehicle," explained Sheriff Adam.
Fortunately no bomb was found in the car . But a background check on the suspect determined Alidoust is an Iranian national living in Lafayette, Louisiana on a work visa.
"And works for an oil company over there, a petroleum company.,The Iranian was then sent to the hospital, and at the hospital he's still threatening to kill anyone who isn't a member of Islam or Muslim. When we have somebody that's making these threats, we know he's Iranian, we know he's a Muslim, and regardless what anybody says, dammit, they've killed people. So we have to take it seriously and we are," explained Adam.
The Sheriff said the suspect told his deputies he was nude because he is required to pray that way.
Adam said, "If that's what they believe I can care less. They can do it. just don't do it on the interstate."
The sheriff says the case will be sent to the U.S. Attorney General. So after the suspect faces charges in Hancock County, he will face federal terrorist threat charges.