FBI steps in after ABC7 report on Jewish-owned D.C. business targeted by self-described ISIS militants
WASHINGTON (WJLA) – For five months, a thriving D.C. business has been the target of self-described ISIS militants.
Wednesday, one day after ABC7 reported on the threats and harassment, the FBI has stepped in to investigate.
For the past five months a barrage of phone calls and internet postings have threatened employees. The callers vow to carry out mass murder.
ABC7 News is not identifying the business nor any individuals because of the sensitive nature of these threats.
The business is Jewish owned and some of the threats are anti-Semitic while others are racial or homophobic.
The recent terrorist attacks in Paris have employees worried.
The owner says D.C. police investigated but handed the case over to Homeland Security, which deemed the threats not credible.
Verizon says the calls are traceable but it needs police to ask it to take action.
The business owner says the detectives tell him they must hear from Verizon first.
The business owner and employees say they know of no one who has an axe to grind against them and they are baffled as to why the callers are targeting them.