UPDATE: Barimac’s attorney Scott Rosenblum says his client’s family is fully supporting him.
“It appears to me that I think there's a little bit of overreacting,” Rosenblum says of the charges and the $500,000 bail. “I understand the sensitive nature of what's going on, but certainly I would take a pause and let's sort through the evidence and go from there.”
Lisa Huggins is Barimac's south St. Louis County neighbor and says she's known him and his family for more than a decade.
“I talk to Mustafa all the time. And I would never have dreamt, just by talking to him, that that would have occurred,” she says of the allegations against him.
But prosecutors say Barimac's words were meant as a threat and say the building where he was working had to be evacuated for a bomb sweep.
A week later, the FBI contact Creve Couer police and this past Saturday Barimac was arrested and held on a $500,000 bond.
Asbury Automotive Group has released the following statement:
On Friday, December 2, 2016, one of the Company’s third party vendors in St. Louis experienced a security incident with one of the vendor’s employees. As a cautionary measure, the vendor reported the incident to the authorities and the authorities contacted the Company. The incident has since been resolved and the authorities assure us that the incident was an isolated occurrence.
AP's original story follows below.
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri man is jailed on $500,000 cash bond after being accused of telling co-workers he was affiliated with ISIS and could have their auto-detailing job site blown up by making a phone call.
St. Louis County prosecutors charged 26-year-old Mustafa Barimac on Sunday with making a terrorist threat. That's a felony punishable by up to seven years in prison.
Police in the St. Louis suburb of Creve Coeur say Barimac made the threat Nov. 25 to fellow employees of Teph Seal, showing them a tattoo he claimed was related to ISIS.
A police investigator wrote in a probable-cause statement accompanying the criminal complaint that Barimac admitted making the threat.
Police say a search of the business uncovered no explosives.
Online court records don't show whether Barimac has an attorney.
Photos: STL area mug shots