Ridon Kola was charged with transmitting a threat after allegedly threatening to kill police officers at a St. Patrick’s Day parade in Yonkers, New York. He is expected to appear in federal court on Friday and his online posts also demonstrate support for radical Islamic extremism and terrorist attacks.
Ridon Kola has been charged with transmitting a threat after he allegedly threatened to kill police officers at a St. Patrick’s Day parade in Yonkers, New York. He made the threats online towards officers and the mayor of Yonkers who were set to participate in the parade on Saturday. According to prosecutors, Kola wrote that he would “crucify” Yonkers cops and their bosses all along McLean Ave., adding that it will be a horror scene.
Kola lives around the end of the parade route, according to authorities. After being questioned by officials his conduct escalated as he continued assuring them his threats would be carried out.
A city official said no changes will be made for Saturday’s event but there will be an increased presence of law enforcement personnel present during this time period ensuring everyone is safe.
Yonker’s Mayor Mike Spano commended local agencies involved in thwarting this threat stating “threats like this won’t intimidate us from celebrating our Irish American community.”
According to criminal complaints against him, Kola also demonstrated support for radical Islamic extremism and terrorist attacks including one committed on public holidays.