On Wednesday the San Antonio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Antonio) said that 44-year-old Christopher Bane should face federal charges for threatening to attack a local mosque.
Bane was arrested Tuesday by San Antonio police for allegedly vowing to "shoot as many people as possible" at a mosque in the Medical Center area.
Investigators say Bane planned to use a .45 caliber handgun to open fire at the mosque.
He was charged with a "Class B Misdemeanor" for allegedly making terroristic threats, and was given a $2,000 bond.
"We are very concerned because after these kind of threats the number one thing that happens is the bullying at the school with our children," said Sarwat Husain of CAIR-San Antonio. "And they get threatened in the neighborhood, on their jobs. People are taunted, and we want these things to be taken seriously."
Police Chief William McManus said the detective handling the case applied for a felony warrant, however the judge issued a misdemeanor warrant instead.
"We do take it seriously," McManus said. "And it should be taken seriously. And we will do everything that we can to make sure that this community is protected."
Police would not comment about the circumstances that led to Bane's arrest, Bane has bonded out of the Bexar County Jail and is currently wearing an electronic monitoring device.