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Man arrested on terroristic threat charge at Denton courthouse

The Denton County courthouse on Wednesday, when a man was arrested for making a terroristic threat.
The Denton County courthouse on Wednesday, when a man was arrested for making a terroristic threat. WFAA

A 28-year-old man who threatened people at a hospital if they didn’t take his Quran and later told security officers he was “the King” was arrested Wednesday at the Denton County courthouse, police said.

Peshwaz Azad Waise told sheriff deputies he was “imposing the death penalty” on them, and that, “Anybody who touches me is going to bleed.” He was taken into custody at the courthouse about 9:15 a.m., said Officer Shane Kizer, Denton police spokesman.

A bomb squad robot searched Waise’s car, a Nissan Versa, out of caution, Kizer said. No explosives were found.

Denton police first came in contact with Waise on Tuesday night. Officers were responding to a call when Waise waved them down at an intersection.

He was “speaking irrationally and making comments about God and Allah,” Kizer said. Because Waise wasn’t violating a law, the officers continued on their original call.

UNT police later responded to a disturbance at an IHOP restaurant on campus. The officers found Waise nearby “still speaking irrationally,” Kizer said, and told him to leave campus.

Waise then went to a hospital in the 200 block of North Bonnie Brae about 8 a.m. Wednesday. When he arrived, he walked inside and began insisting they take the Quran from him, Kizer said. He told people at the hospital to give the Quran to the chapel “or die.” Waise left before officers arrived.

No one was injured during the incidents. Waise is facing a terroristic threat charge, a Class A misdemeanor.

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