The FBI has sent out an alert to local law enforcement agencies after receiving reports of Middle Eastern men approaching the homes of military families in Colorado and Wyoming.
The alert states that “in May 2015, the wife of a military member was approached in front of her home by Middle Eastern males. The men stated that she was the wife of a U.S. interrogator. When she denied their claims the men laughed. The two men left the area in a dark-colored, four-door sedan with two other Middle Eastern males in the vehicle. The woman had observed the vehicle in the neighborhood on previous occasions.”
“Similar incidents in Wyoming have been reported to the FBI throughout June 15. On numerous occasions, family members of military personnel were confronted by Middle-Eastern males in front their homes. The males have attempted to obtain personal information about the military member and family members through intimidation. The family members have reported feeling scared.”
The FBI alert states that they don’t know whether the same Middle Eastern men were involved in the incidents, and said they remain unidentified.
Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) said today he’s “alarmed” by the reports that military members’ families “have been harassed outside their homes and may be under surveillance.”
“This news comes less than two weeks after FBI Director James Comey, speaking in Denver, warned of the heightened threat from the Islamic State that Colorado specifically faces,” Gardner said.
Comey was at the Denver office as part of his regular trip to visit field offices, but the trip came after four Colorado teens tried to run off to the Islamic State.
“The FBI has now alerted all Colorado law enforcement agencies, and my office is in contact with the appropriate officials,” Gardner said. “I will continue to closely monitor the situation, and I encourage Coloradans to report suspicious behavior to the FBI.”
ISIS’ hacking division has in the recent past published the addresses of military officers online, encouraging supporters to target them.