Police: Man who left unattended Quran in Boston wanted in DC

BOSTON (AP) — A man police say left a copy of the Quran on the steps of a state government building in Boston is also wanted in Washington for allegedly making threats at Reagan National Airport and assaulting a police officer.

Aziz Rehman Osmani appeared in court in Boston on Tuesday on a fugitive from justice charge.

Police say the 22-year-old Osmani got entered a jewelry store in Downtown Crossing Monday and was looking at a watch suspiciously.

“He held the watch like he didn’t want to give it back so we thought he was gonna give it back, but he acted very weird,” Homsy Jewelers owner Claude Homsy said.

Osmani eventually left the store and the jewelers called police.

They used the business’s surveillance video to get a picture of Osmani and sent it to around for officers to be on the lookout for him.

A short time later, Osmani was allegedly seen leaving a suspicious device on the steps of a state building. Police later determined the package was actually a Quran.

Osmani was arrested Monday at the St. Francis  Homeless Shelter. Police said he was causing a disturbance.

After an evaluation found signs of mental illness, the judge sent Osmani to Bridgewater State Hospital.

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