Armed Wheelchair Man Arrives at Mosque

.c The Associated Press


METAIRIE, La. (AP) - A wheelchair-bound man who arrived at a mosque with two guns in a bag and said he had a message for the Taliban and Osama bin Laden was arrested, authorities said Friday.

Robert Tycer, 39, was charged Wednesday with two counts of illegally carrying a concealed weapon, Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman Col. John Fortunato said. He was released Thursday on $1,000 bond.

Tycer arrived in a taxi outside Masjid Abu Bakr Al Siddique minutes before an evening prayer was scheduled to begin. Deputies found a loaded shotgun and a rifle in a black bag he was carrying, Fortunato said.

Fortunato said police were investigating Tycer's intentions.

Tycer said he had come to the mosque hoping to get a message to Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar and bin Laden, said Hasan Krad, imam of the mosque. Krad said he replied: ``Who do you think we are that we could get in touch with those people?''

Several attempts to reach Tycer at home Friday resulted in busy telephone signals.