TROY – A Troy man threatened to attack the Troy Police Department during Sunday’s protest against police brutality, U.S. Attorney’s officials said.
Jahjuan Saab, 20, was arrested Saturday, the day before the protest, and charged with threatening to attack the department, federal prosecutors said.
He is formally accused of making threats to injure another person and with distributing information pertaining to the manufacturer of an explosive or destructive device with the intent that the information be used for violence, prosecutors said.
Saab is accused of making Facebook Live recordings in which he threatened to throw bricks at the department, at police vehicles and at City Hall during the Sunday demonstration, prosecutors said.
He is also accused of offering instructions on how to make firebombs with the intent they be used during the demonstration, prosecutors said.
Sabb appeared in U.S. District Court Monday and was ordered detained pending a hearing Wednesday, prosecutors said.
If convicted, he could face a potential maximum term of 20 years in prison.
The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Capital District Safe Streets Gang Task Force, which includes FBI special agents and members of state and local law enforcement agencies, including Troy police and state police. The case is being prosecuted by assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.
The federal announcement followed one by the Troy Police earlier Monday concerning the arrest of a man accused of illegally carrying a gun at the Sunday protest. That man, identified as Noah Latham, 22, of Fort Drumm, was charged with felony weapons possession after he was stopped with a “fatigue clad group” near Sunday’s protest.
Police credited the apprehension of that group as averting “what may have become a violent encounter.” Other arrests related to that case are possible, police said.