Sugar Land man arrested for threat

TROY NEHLS Fort Bend County Sheriff

TROY NEHLS
Fort Bend County Sheriff

A 26-year-old man has been charged with threatening to “shoot up a mosque” on social media, according to our news partner KHOU Channel 11.

Clayton Alexander Cansler was arrested Tuesday and charged with making a terroristic threat, a third-degree felony punishable upon conviction by 2-10 years in prison.

“We take every threat seriously and will work quickly to ensure our community is safe,” Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls said.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Cansler at the Sugar Land Municipal Airport, where he works, and said they found no weapons on Cansler or at his home. Records show he’s a licensed pilot.

Cansler told deputies that he made the threats because he was “distressed due to having a close friend die in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, in addition to recent terroristic attacks in Paris,” officials said.

Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office said these threats were sent to someone in New Jersey, who Cansler was communicating with on Facebook. The New Jersey man alerted the Gloucester Township Police Department, who then alerted authorities here.

Deputies said Cansler never specified which mosque he wanted to target, but there is one close to his Sugar Land home.

Cansler is being held in the Fort Bend County Jail on $10,000 bond.

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