Kentucky woman made terrorist threats, lied to investigators, FBI says

FBI agents arrested a Kentucky woman Thursday and accused her of sending threatening messages and making false statements to investigators.

Law enforcement officials said there is no link between the arrest of 55-year-old Marie Castelli and the upcoming 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. However, a grand jury indicment accused Castelli of taking part in a “matter involving terrorism.”

Castelli maintained a profile on the Muslim social networking site “Ummaland,” which describes itself as a lifestyle network for rediscovering Islam. Castelli’s profile name on the site is “Jihad Marie Antoinette Castelli.”

According to the indictment, Castelli posted the names, photos and addresses of three victims and “stated that others should locate and execute Victim 1.”

The indictment also states that Castelli lied to federal agents about the number of phones she possessed. She appeared before a federal judge in Covington, Ky. Friday. 

Witnesses told Fox19 that Castelli was arrested near her home in Maysville, which is decorated with Arabic lettering. 

Maysville Police Chief Ron Rice told Fox News that Castelli had no prior criminal record locally and could frequently be seen walking her two dogs around town.

“Her world consisted of taking those two dogs and walking all over Maysville,” neighbor Herbert Freeman told Fox19. “During the course of that, she got to know everybody and everybody got to know her.”

Fox News’ Matt Dean contributed to this report.

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