MANATEE -- Bradenton-based anti-Islam activist Terry Jones reported last week that he received a death threat while working at his French fry stand at DeSoto Square mall, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
Jones was working at Fry Guys, a food stand he co-owns, on April 30 when at about 11 a.m. an unknown man approached the counter and told Jones that he "never should have come to this country," and that Jones would need his gun after work, "if he had one," a sheriff's report states.
The man ran away after making the threat, and Jones told deputies it seemed like he had mental health issues.
Jones is known for his anti-Islamic rhetoric, and has hosted events that focus on burning copies of the Quran and depictions of radical Islam leaders. He is also a 2016 presidential candidate. It is unclear, based on the incident, if the man who was making the threat knew about Jones' background.
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Jones told deputies that he "wanted the incident documented," the report states.
“This is pretty much the first time I’ve had anyone come by and yell, but the truth is 99.9 percent of time people come here in support,” Jones said. “We have not had this happen before.”
Jones is on a reputed al-Qaida "wanted" list for his "crimes against Islam." Others on the list include a man killed in an attack earlier this year at the offices of a satirical magazine in Paris; and a Dutch politician who was the featured speaker at a Garland, Texas, event attacked by two gunmen on Sunday.