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Police: Columbia Man Made Bomb Threats at Burger King, Harassed Church

Police say the man called one church 60 times in 10 days.

A Howard County man who said he was an FBI agent, a congressman, an attorney and a law enforcement officer is facing charges of harassment for allegedly making bomb threats to a Columbia Burger King, a church in Ellicott City and a church in California, according to Howard County Police. 

Forrest Reid Dimond, 53, of Circling Hunter Street in Columbia, is charged with calling the Burger King on Center Park Drive in Columbia on Nov. 6 and, using a “foreign sounding accent,” said there was “a bomb in the restaurant and the police will surround the building in eight minutes.” 

The manager at the restaurant told police that the voice sounded like a man named "Forest" who frequented the restaurant, according to police. 

On Nov. 9, according to police documents, Burger King received another threat of “a bomb within the establishment.” All businesses in the building were evacuated. No bomb was found. Two days later, according to the report, the restaurant received a call in which the caller simply said “Allah Akbar,” and hung up. 

Police linked a phone number to the threatening calls and, according to the report, found that the number had also been used to make a bomb threat to the Calvary Chapel church in Santa Ana, Calif. According to charging documents, the caller left a voice mail saying there was a bomb in the church in the name of Allah.

People at the church told police that they thought the caller was Forrest Dimond, and that he had been harassing them for about a year, saying at times that he was a member of the FBI, that he was in law enforcement, that he was a congressman and that he was an attorney, “representing Forrest Dimond." 

Police said telephone records indicated Dimond had called the California church 60 times between Nov. 3 and Nov. 13, 2012.

A pastor at a local branch of the Calvary Chapel church, which meets in Laurel and Ellicott City, told police in a harassment complaint that Dimond had attended services in Laurel, but in the past year he had become upset with certain aspects of the church. The pastor said Dimond was harassing the local church with threatening voicemails and emails, and also harassing headquarters – the California branch.

The pastor told police that Dimond had left voice mail messages saying he was an FBI agent with an arrest warrant or that he simply shouted “Allah Akbar” and hung up. 

Police have not indicated why the Burger King received threatening calls.

Dimond was indicted last week and faces three counts of making a false statement about a destructive device, one count of telephone misuse and two counts of harassment. All together, the charges carry more than 34 years of jail time and more than $31,000 in fines.  

Justin case January 24, 2013 at 03:10 PM
What a kook!!!!!!!!
Brook Hubbard January 24, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Maybe he was just sick of the service at that Burger King? I know I am. It's always staffed by an ever-changing bunch of idiots that probably couldn't figure out how to pick their noses, let alone flip burgers. Also, is it bad that the geek in me read what he said as "Admiral Ackbar"? Don't call them, Forrest... it's a trap!
Joe Galvagna January 27, 2013 at 12:49 PM
Put this Guy Brook in the same cell as Forrest they are both nuts. it took a year to run down this nut? Don't they have caller ID? Lock this Guy up and throw away the key done.
Joe Blow January 27, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Thinking that this was probably not actually a Muslim terrorist, I googled this guy and found a FaceBook page of a Columbia man by that name whose "likes" indicate that he's a rightwing "Christian," and a fan of the Tea Party. Anyone surprised?
Bernie Trenary January 27, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Not at all!
Sanchez January 27, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Joe Blow, are all "Christians" and "right wing" and "Tea Party" types just like this man to you?
Sanchez January 27, 2013 at 04:11 PM
Are all "left wing" and "non Christians" and democrats like this actual bomber? Brett Kimberlin.
Chuck Burton January 27, 2013 at 04:11 PM
No, Brook, they do pick their noses - then make your burger!
Joe Blow January 27, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Sanchez, nope, but this is who this guy is. And it doesn't surprise me because this is where that extreme ideology of hate and intolerance may be leading, where Kimberlin is more of an anomaly among the comparatively peaceful left-wing. You didn't see left-wingers demonstrating while armed to the teeth when Bush got in the White House, did you? Yet when Obama was actually duly elected to the office, the sore-loser, right-wingers and Tea Partiers were out in full force, weren't they?.
Sanchez January 27, 2013 at 04:51 PM
"You didn't see left-wingers demonstrating while armed to the teeth" Don't have to be armed to the teeth. How much violence and rape and murder happened by the Occupier movement? Safe Tents for women to keep them from getting molested? Don't be silly that the left is not violent! 3 Occupiers were convicted of plotting to blow up a bridge in Ohio. " Texas Man Flies Plane Into IRS Building Investigators believe pilot Andrew Joseph Stack was angry at the IRS. " Ted Kasinski was a "left wing" type. To see one side only is to be blind.
Sanchez January 27, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Another for you Joe Blow. Are all you like this guy? Should we be surprised? "Holocaust Museum shooter von Brunn a 9/11 'truther' who hated 'neo-cons', Bush, McCain"
Joe Blow January 27, 2013 at 05:36 PM
Sanchez, that was violence that happened TO the Occupy movement, not BY the Occupy movement. They were a true grassroots movement in parks, unprotected, as opposed to the Fox News and Health Insurance lobby-financed Tea Party. We're obviously not going to agree on this; you have you're opinion, I have mine. I think we are comparing apples and oranges. What I am talking is that the current brainwashing of the right-wing promotes across-the-board intolerance, and so I'm not surprised to see crazy people being involved in it. If you want to continue an anecdotal argument, it could go on all day. The point that I will make, in closing, is that while you may find incidents to support your argument, my contention is that in the main, right-wingers are becoming, as a whole, more intolerant, more Muslim-hating, more crazy, more cynical, more extreme, and more dangerous, as the result of a brain-washing effort supported by established right-wing institutions, and so it doesn't surprise me to find that this man is an adherent of that ideology. Okay? Let's agree to disagree. True, not all crazy people are right-wingers, but all right-wingers seem to be pretty crazy people. I'll leave it at that.
Sanchez January 27, 2013 at 06:07 PM
Wow! Can't and refuse to debate with a crazy man like you. All that hateful heated rhetoric is as bigoted and intolerant as you claim from others. Your left wing violence is different than right wing violence and apples and oranges. I see. You approve of your left wing violence and claim victim hood where I abhor all of it.
Rifat Erman January 27, 2013 at 06:10 PM
This sounds like a home grown Republican terrorist.
Joe Blow January 27, 2013 at 06:25 PM
Interesting comment, Sanchez. I don't believe you could substantiate a word of it though. Violence is violence. You can find some examples on the left, but it's becoming the norm on the right.
Bernie Trenary January 27, 2013 at 06:39 PM
Hey, you already said, " . . . in closing . . . " . . . ;-)
Chuck Burton January 27, 2013 at 06:51 PM
Extreme left wingers, extreme right wingers, and maybe even extreme centrists, can all be dangerous. The operative word is "extreme".
Joe Blow January 27, 2013 at 07:44 PM
Yes, Bernie, but then I returned home from walking the dog, checked the comments again, saw that Sanchez had made another fascinating point, so ... is that okay with you? Can you send me a copy of the rules for commenting on news stories? I didn't actually know there were any! LOL!
Chuck Burton January 27, 2013 at 09:29 PM
Maybe there is less violence on the left, at present, because the left is basically dominent now. If the right were dominent, the left might well resort to more violence/
Bernie Trenary January 27, 2013 at 11:10 PM
Oh, absolutely, be my guest! I must admit I looked the nut up on Facebook and pretty much came to the same conclusion as you. I DO believe there was a SLIGHT misinterpretation of your original statement though ("rightwing Christian" vs. "rightwing, Christian" . . . note the comma!). I believe it makes a difference in how one might interpret the comment. Again, I'm pretty much in agreement with you!
food for thought January 27, 2013 at 11:53 PM
food for thought Why is it that none of the disturbed and evil men, who steal guns, then go and kill movie-goers and children in school, has ever been identified as a conservative? Ft Hood ~~ Registered Democrat ~ Muslim Columbine ~~~ Too young to vote; both families were registered Democrats and progressive liberals Virginia Tech ~~~ Wrote hate mail to President Bush and to his staff ~ Registered Democrat Colorado Theater ~~~ Registered Democrat; staff worker on the Obama campaign; Occupy Wall Street participant; progressive liberal Connecticut School Shooter --- Registered Democrat; hated Christians, Common thread is that all of these shooters were progressive liberal Democrats." Do you see a pattern here?
Joe Blow January 28, 2013 at 04:07 AM
food for thought - welcome to the discussion! Wow, we now have one of those people who will go to right-wing websites, copy the lies, which are unsubstantiated, and which in this case probably cannot be substantiated, but that doesn't matter- the right wing website said what you wish was true, so it's copied verbatim and pasted right here as if it was a valid opinion! Good move! What a great citizen you must be! It's people like you who make this country what it is these days!
CT February 20, 2013 at 11:00 PM
I can do you one better, this kook was a retired Navy Cryptologist
CT February 20, 2013 at 11:02 PM
And that's IS a fact
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