Chicago man, 19, accused of threatening abortion clinic via iFunny meme app
Farhan Sheikh posted a statement on his iFunny page last week that said he intended to go to the clinic this Friday August 23 to “shoot and murder any doctor, patient or visitor” he saw there, indicates the complaint.
Speaking to the FBI in the statement, he added that he was not kidding.
“I am NOT a satirical story,” he says. “I post what I want to say, and I will achieve what I post.” He also reportedly wrote, “God forgive me for what I’m going to do soon.”
The complaint says Sheikh subscribed to the iFunny account of “ArmyOfChrist,” the purported username of 18-year-old Justin Olsen, who was charged earlier this month in Ohio for threatening an agent. He has reportedly shown his support for mass shootings and any attack on family planning. Adult Cam Sites, what it is?
Olsen, who was arrested at a house stocked with weapons and ammunition, had been under investigation since February. But North Ohio Federal Judicial District prosecutors said they chose to bring him in following recent mass shootings in Ohio and Texas.
The complaint against Sheikh does not identify the clinic he allegedly threatened, only claiming that it was about four miles from the Sheikh’s North Side residence.
He is accused of transmitting a threat in interstate commerce, carrying a maximum penalty of five years in prison.
Sheikh made a first appearance in Chicago U.S. District Court on Monday morning, dressed in orange prison clothes and flanked by U.S. Marshals. When US Judicial Judge Susan Cox asked if he understood the charges against him, he replied, “Yes, ma’am.”
A message left with his court-appointed federal defender, Amanda Penabad, was not immediately returned. A detention hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.
When officers arrested Sheikh on Friday, he told them he thought they were there because of the jokes he posted on iFunny, according to the complaint. Olsen also told the FBI upon his arrest that his messages were jokes, according to documents filed in his case.
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