Muslim Couple in Arkansas Arrested for Alleged Series of Violent Threats

A Muslim couple in Arkansas, who claimed months ago they were falsely accused of making terroristic threats, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of making terroristic threats.

Alan and Daphne Crawford, of Fayetteville, were cuffed separately on the same day for an alleged streak of bizarre, violent threats against apparent strangers, police said. The FBI is now investigating the couple.

The arrests on Thursday came six months after the couple earned brief national attention for claiming they faced discrimination in a local mall, only days after the San Bernardino terror attacks. Police said at the time the couple may have recently converted to Islam.

Back then, the Crawfords claimed they were kicked out of a shopping center simply for being Muslims dressed in a thobe and hijab. But police said shoppers became suspicious after the couple threatened customers and appeared to be walking around filming the area.