Eugene Islamic Center raises money for new security system after recent threat
EUGENE, Ore. – Police arrested a Eugene man Tuesday night who’s accused of making threats against members of the Eugene Islamic Center.
According to the Eugene Police Department, Chad Russell, 44, is facing seven charges, including carrying a concealed knife and intimidation.
The Islamic Center alleges Russell threatened two members of the center Monday.
Police arrested Russell around 5 p.m. Tuesday in a separate incident.
Police say officers responded to a dispute at Monroe Park where Russell was arrested for intimidation and harassment.
Authorities also identified him as the suspect accused of the bias crime incident at the Islamic Center. He was arrested and booked in the Lane County Jail.
Members of the center say he threatened to kill their members.
“He said that, you know, we have about thirty days to live, or you know, he would kill everyone. This raises, you know, a real concern,” said Haytham Aboadel, a Eugene Islamic Center member.
Aboadel said this is the first time someone physically came and threatened members of the center.
He believes the solution is understanding and learning about their religion.
The Islamic Center set up a GoFundMe page to help cover the costs of upgrading its security system.