Police arrested a man Friday on suspicion of threatening to “cut” the employees of a Bayview liquor store and burn the shop down unless they gave him money.
Leon Muhammad, 43, faces felony charges of criminal threats and attempted extortion in an incident that started about 3:15 p.m. Friday.
An employee at Bayview Liquors, at Third Street and Newcomb Avenue, called police after Muhammad came in and made threats to him, according to Police Department spokesman Sgt. Mike Andraychak.
According to police, Muhammad first gave the victim an Islamic leaflet and then allegedly demanded money.
He then allegedly told the employee and another worker that since they sell alcohol in the neighborhood, we’re going to “cut you into pieces and burn the place down,” according to Andraychak.
After the employees called police, officers spotted Muhammad at Third Street and LaSalle Avenue, where he was detained.
The work address Muhammad gave police matches the address for the Muhammad University of Islam, according to law enforcement sources.
The dean of the school is named Leon Muhammad, although Andraychak would not confirm if it was the same man.
Attempts to reach Muhammad through the university’s local and national chapters were unsuccessful.
An employee at Bayview Liquors said he was not at the shop when the incident happened and the owner is currently in Yemen.
Staff writer Mike Aldax contributed to this report.