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Man accused of telling 911 dispatchers he supported ISIS enters plea agreement

Mohamed Aweis Mohamed

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A Grand Forks man accused of calling 911 dispatchers dozens of times, at times saying he supported ISIS, has signed a plea agreement.

Mohamed Aweis Mohamed, 31, was charged with three counts of harassment and one count of criminal mischief, all Class A misdemeanors. A plea agreement signed Thursday, July 13, by Mohamed dismisses two of the harassment charges and downgrades the other two charges to Class B misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct.

If approved by a judge, Mohamed would be ordered to spend 36 days in jail or complete 360 hours of community service, according to the plea agreement. A Class A misdemeanor carries a maximum sentence of a year in prison.

The two charges that would be dismissed stem from two early February reports. The first, from Feb. 3, accused Mohamed of calling dispatchers with Grand Forks' Public Safety Answering Point 44 times. Charging documents accuse him of saying he supported ISIS, "disliked" President Donald Trump and women, felt that he had no freedom in the U.S. and wanted to go home or to Canada to "get out of this country." Mohamed allegedly told police he had been drinking.

The second charge that would be dismissed relates to a Feb. 10 report in which Mohamed is accused of calling 911 dispatchers 15 times in five hours to say he needed an ambulance but later admitted he only wanted a taxi, according to court documents.

The third harassment charged being downgraded to disorderly conduct accuses Mohamed of calling dispatchers more than 10 times in late February.

"He continuously yelled at the dispatchers and would not stop calling," court documents state.

The criminal mischief charge accuses Mohamed of vandalism while jailed at the Grand Forks County Correctional Center. According to court documents, he broke several sprinkler heads—at one point he allegedly threw his shoe at one sprinkler—and threw feces at a camera on Feb. 28.

Mohamed said he was diagnosed with alcoholism and depression after his arrest and that he doesn't remember the calls to 911, saying he blacked out. He also said he was seeking treatment for mental health problems.

Grand Forks Police Lt. Derik Zimmel previously said there was no evidence time to indicate Mohamed is a threat to the public.

April Baumgarten

April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, and covers business and political stories. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family continues to raise registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college, she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as the Dickinson city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.

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