Boston police nabbed a suspect wanted in connection with threats made about Reagan National Airport in Washington after he left a copy of the Quran in front of a government building on Beacon Hill, authorities said Tuesday.
Aziz Rehman Osmani, 22, was taken into custody Monday as a fugitive from justice, police said. He is also allegedly assaulted a Washington police officer.
Boston officers responded to a call Monday morning about a disturbance at a jewelry store near 335 Washington St. Store employees said that an argument broke out after Osmanirefused to return jewelryhe had been inspecting at the counter, police said.
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Officers sent images from the security camera footageto the Boston Regional Intelligence Center.
Shortly thereafter, Osmani was seen leaving a "suspicious" package on the steps of the McCormack Building at One Ashburton Place, across from the Massachusetts State House. The building houses several state agencies.
State police found a copy of the Quran, thereligious text ofIslam, on the steps. The bomb squad determined that there was no threat.
Osmani was arrested at about 2:30 p.m. after causing a disturbanceat a shelter in the area of 33 Boylston St. A warrant check showed that he was wanted by Metro Washington Airport Police for "threats made at a ticket counter" and an assault on an officer at the airport.