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CAIR-Florida Welcomes Re-Arrest of Man Who Plotted Anti-Muslim Attacks in 2002

(MIAMI, FL, 3/25/19) – The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Florida), the state’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the arrest in South Florida of Robert Goldstein on weapons and domestic violence charges.

ABC News reported that, “Officers responded to his home on Live Oak Circle on Thursday after he barricaded himself in with his stepdaughter.”

“[Tequesta] police officers rushed into the room when they found out he had a gun. Authorities removed his daughter and directed Goldstein to come out. He surrendered without violence. Officers found 13 handguns, 30 firearm magazines, one stun gun, four flash bang grenades, two novelty-style hand grenades, and 142 rounds of ammo. The Tequesta Police Department said that he used his wife’s identity to buy the guns. Authorities contacted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.”

In 2002, Goldstein was arrested on federal charges of possessing illegal explosives and planning to attack a mosque and other Islamic institutions in the Tampa Bay Region. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison. The new charge carries a maximum of 10 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.

“In the past few years, the Florida Muslim community has been the target of several hate incidents and crimes. CAIR-Florida has offered safety and security trainings to more than 100 Islamic centers, schools and institutions, as well as other organizations throughout the state. We urge members of our communities to be on high alert to the possibility of becoming a target of a hate crime. This is a real and present danger. Our communities have responded by tightening their security protocols and plan to keep all community members as safe as possible,” said Wilfredo Amr Ruiz, CAIR-Florida’s Communications Director.

More news on this topic:

  1. Florida man in 2002 mosque bomb plot arrested for stockpiling guns in Tequesta 

https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/state/a-convicted-felon-with-ties-to-pinellas-county-uses-wifes-identity-to-buy-guns-and-ammo-in-tequesta

  1. Guns, smoke grenades, ammo found in Tequesta home in domestic incident 

https://cbs12.com/news/local/guns-smoke-grenades-ammo-found-in-tequesta-home-in-domestic-incident

  1. Felon arrested with multiple weapons in Tequesta 

https://www.wptv.com/news/region-n-palm-beach-county/tequesta/convicted-felon-arrested-with-weapons-after-barricading-himself-in-a-bedroom

CAIR-Florida is the state’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR-Florida es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Florida Communications Director Wilfredo A. Ruiz, 305.502.6749, wruiz@cair.com

 

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