Ok, now what’s his Islamic name….?
Man Uttered ‘Allahu Akbar’ Before Fleeing Brandon Store, Deputies Say
A 23-year-old Sarasota man faces charges after Hillsborough deputies say his behavior attracted attention in a Brandon store.
BRANDON, FL — A 23-year-old Sarasota man faces a list of criminal charges after his allegedly bizarre behavior captured the attention of employees at a Brandon Home Depot store. According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Kenneth Iversen was spotted by employees at the 9941 Adamo Drive store on Feb. 5 attempting to select materials that would go into making a pipe bomb.
“When confronted by store personnel, Iversen uttered ‘Allahu akbar’ before fleeing and dropping a large knife,” the sheriff’s office wrote in a Wednesday email to media.
That encounter prompted Home Depot employees to contact the sheriff’s office. An investigation into the incident was launched.
Deputies say Iversen returned to the Brandon store again on Tuesday, Feb. 7. The store was under “covert surveillance” at the time. Detectives say Iversen once again selected items that would be used to make a pipe bomb. Home Depot employees approached him and he left the premises, driving off in a 2012 Chrysler 300.
At that time, two marked Hillsborough County patrol units attempted to perform a traffic stop on Iversen, but he failed to stop.