St. Paul man charged in threats to family in alleged dispute over jihad plans
A St. Paul man who began to get violent after he decided to join jihad and travel to Somalia, according to his family, was charged with making terroristic threats.
The family of Sharmarke Duale, 20, told police he had done well in high school and college until he began attending a mosque on University Avenue, according to a criminal complaint.
The name of the mosque was not mentioned.
“Since that time, he has been very disrespectful toward the women in the house and has threatened his father to try to get his father to assist Duale in getting a passport,” according to the complaint filed Thursday in Ramsey County District Court.
The complaint gives this account of events:
Police were called Tuesday afternoon to the family’s home in the 700 block of Burr Street in St. Paul about an assault in progress.
They were told that a son had stabbed his mother and was trying to get back into the house by breaking a window with a shovel.
Officers arrived to find Duale on the porch wielding a shovel. The mother was inside; police saw defensive stab wounds on her hands.
According to the complaint, the family said Duale was raising money for jihad and told his father, “Take me out of this country, or I will show you what will happen; things will not be good for you.”
Duale’s father, Mohamed Duale, vehemently denied telling police that his son was raising money for jihad.
“We never said these words,” he told a reporter Friday. “This is wrong what they put here; this is not from my family.”
According to the complaint, Sharmarke Duale tried to stab his father but cut his mother when she jumped in to intervene. He also punched his sister.
Duale’s parents said they are afraid of him and want him to get help. He has threatened to “chop (his sister and mother) in pieces” and “kill the girls.”
Speaking to police at the Ramsey County Jail after his arrest, Duale denied taking drugs or having mental health problems. He said his mother had cut herself and that his family’s claims were all lies.
Duale has no criminal record.
He was being held Friday in the Ramsey County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail and was ordered to have no contact with his parents.