Mark Jenner wanted for threats to blow up a BC mosque

Police search for man who allegedly threatened to blow up North Van mosque
By Damian Inwood, The Province January 21, 2011
A B.C.-wide warrant has been issued for a 44-year-old Burnaby man who threatened to blow up a North Vancouver mosque in June.
And staff at a book publisher with offices below the mosque at 351 Lynn Ave., said Wednesday they feel they should have been notified by RCMP.
RCMP say Mark Jenner failed to show up for court Jan. 12 on a charge of uttering threats.
“Checks of his residence in Burnaby revealed that he’s no longer living there,” said RCMP Cpl. Peter DeVries. “We don’t have any other addresses or contact information for him so we’re trying to find him.”
DeVries said the Alghadir Masjid mosque received a message on their voicemail on June 26 threatening to bomb the mosque.
Police traced the call through a cellphone provider to Jenner, he said.
He said Jenner, who is five-foot tall and weighs 154 pounds, has had prior contact with police but has not been charged before.
“We have no lingering concerns about ongoing threats or danger to the mosque at this point,” added DeVries. “We haven’t located any explosive materials and no other evidence that caused us any concerns. It appears that there was no significant threat to public safety.”
But Kristina Stosek, CFO of Whitecap Books, said it was “scary” to learn about the threat for the first time Wednesday.
“It’s a shock because we didn’t know anything about it,” she said. “I’m surprised nobody came and told us. What’s the RCMP doing about our safety?”
She said she would like to have had a picture of Jenner in case he came in and dropped off a parcel.
“We get a lot of deliveries here,” she added.
Imam Sayed Hejazi, said he believes the caller may suffer from mental health problems.
He said the caller said he was “going to bomb all mosques.”
The mosque, which is attended by 200 to 300 people, has been open for about 18 months.
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