NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Authorities have arrested a man accused of threatening to bomb a naval base.
Khalid Mohamed Abdalla, 28, was arrested Wednesday and made his first court appearance Thursday afternoon in Virginia Beach. He is accused of threatening to bomb JEB Little Creek-Fort Story.
The incident happened Wednesday night around 5 p.m. Police got a call about a suspicious package outside of Gate 5. The area was roped off, streets were blocked and bomb squads were called in.
An alert from the base was also sent out advising Gate 5, near Independence Boulevard, was closed and the base was on security alert.
Several streets nearby were closed for almost three hours while authorities investigated.
During that time, the FBI and Virginia Beach Police went looking for the suspect. They found him a short time later. He was questioned by the Joint Terrorism Task Force and then turned over to Beach Police.
At around 8 p.m., officials confirmed the scene had been cleared and no one was injured.
Abdalla remains in jail and is being held with no bond. On Wednesday during his arraignment, the judge tried to ask him his name, but he wouldn’t answer that question. He kept saying that couldn’t see the judge because he did not have his glasses and he didn’t believe she was a real judge.
He also kept saying he needed to detox and needed a Xanax.
His parents were in the courtroom and they told the judge Abdalla has a history of mental illness and has been institutionalized in the past. They said Abdalla is in “bad shape.”
The judge says most likely Abdalla will have a mental health evaluation to determine if he can stand trial.