SUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) - Police have released the 911 calls and security footage of a woman who arrived with a fake bomb and made threats at a South Florida mosque, Sunday.
Officials released the footage on Tuesday. When 41-year-old Irina Bihary arrived at the Islamic Foundation of South Florida with a bag and a cellphone with its battery and wires exposed, people inside made frantic 911 calls.
“Just make sure everyone is aware, she may have a device of some kind,” said one 911 caller. “She said she was waiting for a group of people to show up here for prayer. She said there is no reason for living.”
People inside the mosque called officials when they spotted Bihary suspiciously wandering around the building.
“Um, she’s wearing Islamic attire, you know the head piece, and all the clothing,” another caller told the dispatcher. “She said something like, ‘Do you know what the word ‘kill’ is?’ And so, you know, they don’t know if she is crazy or if she is some kind of terrorist, terrorist acts. That’s all, so they want a police report.”
Members of the mosque said they watched on surveillance as Bihary took out a paper bag and took out the suspicious looking cellphone. Then they said she told them, “We’re all going to die.” She also said, “I can’t stand this place. I can’t wait to knock it down.”
A third caller watched Bihary’s odd behavior. “She’s reaching into her pocketbook and moving something around,” he said.
7News was on the scene as bomb dogs sniffed out the area for explosives.
Bihary was arrested Sunday night at the mosque on Northwest 54th Street and 108th Avenue in Sunrise.
Officials did not find any explosives. However, the fear and anxiety in the 911 calls are evident. “There’s a lady here who keeps talking about mass suicide, mass murder here at the Islamic Center,” said a fourth caller.
According to police, Bihary kicked in the door of the police car when she was arrested. She was taken to a hospital for a mental evaluation. She is charged with criminal mischief and possession of a hoax bomb. She has yet to be booked into jail.
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