Idaho: Muslim harassment case referred to district court

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) – A south-central Idaho judge has ruled there is sufficient evidence to move to district court the case of a man accused of threatening a Muslim woman at a Twin Falls Wal-Mart.

Fifth District Senior Judge Roy Holloway on Friday ruled the case against 42-year-old John C. Larsen can go forward. Larsen faces a felony malicious harassment charge.

Police say that on Dec. 22 Larsen approached the woman, who was wearing a traditional Muslim head covering, in the store and asked if she was Muslim. When the woman said yes, police say Larsen told her he had served in Iraq and had friends killed there and that she didn’t belong in the United States.

Prosecutors on Friday submitted as evidence a gun confiscated from Larsen by a Twin Falls police officer who responded to the store.

Associated Press, 22 January 2011