Baton Rouge man accused of waving gun at Islamic Center prayer service arrested Thursday _lowres

Mustafa Bilal

A Baton Rouge man was arrested Thursday after he was accused of disrupting a prayer service at the Islamic Center of Baton Rouge by threatening and waving a gun at the worshippers.

On Aug. 13, the day of the incident, Baton Rouge Police detained Mustafa Bilal, who is accused of terrorizing the eight to 10 people who were in the center at the time.

“He walked in the mosque, pulled his gun and told people he was going to start shooting,” Emad Nofal, chairman of the Islamic Center of Baton Rouge said in an Aug. 15 interview.

Nofal, who had spoken on the center’s behalf, was not present when the incident occurred but arrived shortly afterward.

Bilal was taken to a local hospital the day of the incident for observation.

Later, Bilal, 5525 S. Afton Parkway, was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on terrorizing and assault counts.