Four local young suspects are accused of targeting Holy Islamberg, a rural community in the Catskills just four hours away. The community will speak at a news conference on Wednesday about the incident.
Greece Police arrested 20-year-old Brian Colaneri of Gates, 18-year-old Andrew Crysel of East Rochester, 19-year-old Vincent Vetromile of Greece, and a 16-year-old Odyssey Academy student.
The young men are accused of targeting Holy Islamberg, a rural community in the Catskills just four hours away.
Our news partner, News10NBC wanted to know more about this Muslim settlement and how it could have come to the attention of anyone in Greece.
News10NBC tried to speak with the mayor of Islamberg, however, we were told the community will speak at a news conference on Wednesday.
Police: Community targeted in bomb plot faced prior threats
State police say this is not the first threat against Islamberg from people who may think of this as a terrorist compound plotting against the U.S. government.
"As far as terrorism-related plots or jihad... I can’t imagine anything further from the truth," said Bill McAvoy.
Bill McAvoy is the major of New York State Police Troop C in Sidney, NY.
It’s about 20 minutes from Holy Islamberg, where Muslims of America is headquartered.
Next to the welcome sign is a proclamation from U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and an American flag.
This community has drawn attention ever since a Pakistani Sufi cleric came to the area in the 1980s from New York City and settled there for a crime-free, peaceful life.
In 2017, a Tennessee man pleaded guilty to charges of plotting an attack on the community and its people.
He was convicted and is now serving time.
Major McAvoy has only positive things to say about the Islamberg people and says he believes the Muslim community is misunderstood.
"They moved out of NYC. They came to a more rural upstate New York area. Quite frankly, my mother brought us up from New York City to a more rural area. They’re seeking opportunities they may not have had in New York City, a different lifestyle, a place where they can pursue the American dream," added McAvoy.
McAvoy would not comment on the case in Greece, but he did say his investigators have been in touch with the Islamberg community since learning of the threat.
McAvoy says state police have had to intervene in times past. He says it's not their job to take a side or a stance, just to keep people safe and keep the peace.