The Denton Police Department says they are currently working a “terroristic threat offense” that occurred Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
Police say they responded to a call for service Tuesday night and were contacted by Peshwaz Azad Waise, 28. They said he was speaking irrationally and making comments about God and Allah. Officers continued on their route as Waise was not in violation of any laws.
Following the call, University of North Texas police responded to a disturbance at an IHOP on the southeast side of the UNT campus. When they arrived, they found Waise still speaking irrationally and issued him a notice of trespassing and told him to leave the UNT property.
After that, police say Waise showed up at the Center for Women. Police report Waise went inside and began “insisting the take the Koran from him.” He told the staff to “give the Koran to the chaplin or chapel or die,” according to officials. He left the area before police got to the scene.
Waise later arrived at the Denton County Courthouse where police say he entered the building and was stopped at the security checkpoint. He reportedly told security officers he was “the king.” Sheriff’s deputies were called to the lobby and escorted him out of the building. While being detained, Waise became agitated and said, “I’m imposing the death penalth (on the officers who were dealing with him).” Police say he also said, “anybody who touches me is going to bleed.”
Denton police obtained an arrest warrant for terroristic threats for Waise. He was arrested and booked into the Denton County Jail.