Virginia Man Facing Terrorism Charges After Threats to Fairfax County Commonwealth's Attorney - NBC4 Washington

Virginia Man Facing Terrorism Charges After Threats to Fairfax County Commonwealth's Attorney



    A local man is in jail on charges he made threats of terrorism against the Fairfax County commonwealth's attorney. Investigators say he wrote several emails over the past year outlining specific violent acts. Northern Virginia Bureau reporter David Culver broke the story and in this News4 exclusive has a look at what police believe is behind his anger. (Published Wednesday, April 24, 2013)

    A Virginia man is facing terrorism charges for an alleged plot to attack the Fairfax County commonwealth’s attorney.

    According to a search warrant affidavit, Loudoun County resident Saad Lodhi started making threats after federal lawsuits he filed against Fairfax County were dismissed.

    Since May 2012, Lodhi sent threatening emails to several county officials, according to the affidavit.

    “Lodhi sent an email … with the statement ‘Advise the Board of Supervisors to start hiring new commonwealth attorneys because I’m about to tell them what municipal fatality means very soon,’” the affidavit said.

    In an April 3 email to the Board of Supervisors, Lodhi is quoted as writing, “Dear Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, just to give you an update, we are now proceeding to the next phase of warfare. I just submitted a concealed weapons permit … and once that clears through, I have a special gift for Fairfax County commonwealth attorney – click click click……”

    That day, Loudoun County deputies arrested Lodhi.

    An attorney said to be representing Lodhi did not return News4’s call.

    The county commonwealth’s attorney’s office declined to comment citing the ongoing investigation.

    The clerk at the Loudoun County courthouse where Lodhi allegedly filed for a concealed weapons permit said there is no record of that filing.

    Lodhi is being held at the Fairfax County jail on no bond. He will be in court in June.