Army Reserve Major Arrested After Mosque Incident

Army Reserves Major Russell Thomas Langford

Police have stationed an officer to remain on exclusive duty at a mosque and CAIR is asking for a hate crime investigation and additional law enforcement to patrol the area after an incident at a Raeford, North Carolina mosque that occurred Thursday afternoon.

A Major in the U.S. Army Reserves, Russell Thomas Langford, allegedly followed a member of the mosque in his vehicle, when they got in their car and left the property, but never interacted with the person.    Later, he reportedly left packages of bacon at the entrance of the mosque.

He also accelerated toward someone walking into the mosque, but slammed on his brakes before he hit them.  In another incident, police say he showed a gun to the Muslim chaplain and threatened to blow up the mosque. Several guns, ammunition and other weapons were found inside his Tahoe.   No injuries were reported.

Langford was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, going armed to terrorize the public, making threats, stalking, disorderly conduct and ethnic intimidation.    He was released on a $60,000 bond and immediately taken into custody by the U.S. Army.

Langford enlisted in the Army in 2003 and served two tours in Iraq, in 2004 and 2008, and was awarded the Bronz Star, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal and other service medals.   He left active duty in November 2008 and joined the Army Reserve.   He has been working at Fort Bragg, and had no previous blemishes on his Army record.


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