A tip from a Gloucester Township, New Jersey resident led to the arrest of a Texas man who allegedly threatened to shoot up a mosque.
Gloucester Township Police first received a tip from a local resident reporting a man who was making terroristic threats on a social media website. The suspect allegedly threatened to “shoot up a mosque” and posted pictures of an assault rifle and ammunition.
Police later identified the suspect as Clayton Alexander Cansler, 26, of New Territory, Fort Bend County, Texas.
Gloucester Township Police contacted the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office around 3 p.m. Wednesday. Sheriff’s Deputies then responded to Cansler’s home which is located near a mosque, investigators said. They later found him at his place of employment, the Sugar Land Municipal Airport in Sugar Land, Texas.
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Cansler was arrested and charged with terroristic threats. Officials say they never found any weapons during the investigation and Cansler was cooperative.
Cansler allegedly admitted to making the threats and said he was upset due to the loss of a close friend during the Sept. 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks in New York as well as the recent terror attacks in Paris, France.