Suspect's letter found at Cherokee County church after alleged threats

Published: Sep. 14, 2015 at 4:08 PM CDT
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This letter was found at the Cherokee County church Monday, a day after the alleged threats....
This letter was found at the Cherokee County church Monday, a day after the alleged threats. (Source: KLTV Staff)

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A Cherokee County church found a note Monday from a man accused of making threats against its congregation.

Rasheed Abdul Aziz, 40, allegedly threatened the congregation while wearing full military gear Sunday. He was arrested by the Smith County Sheriff's Office in connection to the threats.

As security cameras were being installed Monday, a note, thought to be from Aziz, was found. Deacon TJ Johnson thinks the note was slid under the front door sometime after everyone left the church and before he arrived Monday morning.

The note, which appears to be written on the back of an envelope, reads:

"My Name is Rasheed [phone number] you helped me at a time oF need This house is blessed by God & all Faiths muslim, Jew & the Christian shall all gather here in Peace & Justice for God as a whole For the betterment of mand kind as a whole I thank you. my title is special Ranger harbinger Aziz I be aronnd to Kneel & Pray with you"

Sargeant Adam Colby with the Tyler Police Department said Sunday that Aziz wore full military gear, including a camo helmet, shirt, pants and possibly a bullet proof vest when he allegedly entered the church and threatened the congregation. Aziz was believed to be armed with a handgun at the time.

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Aziz is charged with felon in possession of a firearm and is being held in the Smith County Jail. Additional charges are expected in Cherokee County.

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