A man and a woman were arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens on Thursday night on charges in connection with making terrorist threats against the Jewish Center of the Hamptons over the past several months, East Hampton Village police said on Friday.
Village detectives apprehended Asli Dincer, 44, and her former husband, Melih Dincer, 31, who live in Riverhead and are from Turkey, after they arrived on overseas flight.
Chief Gerard Larsen Jr. said the case began when written threats that had been sent to the Jewish Center, located on Woods Lane in East Hampton Village, were turned over to police.
The pair were wanted for questioning, but had left the country earlier this summer. "The investigation of the threats and the identification of the suspects was a joint effort between village police and detectives from both the Suffolk County Police Department and the New York State police working with the Joint Terrorism Task Force," he said in a press release on Friday afternoon.
"We took the threat very serious and we took major precautions to make sure everybody at the Jewish Center was safe," Chief Larsen said Friday.
Both people are charged with making a terrorist threat and falsely reporting an incident in the first degree, both felonies, menancing in the second degree and conspiracy in the fifth degree, both misdemeanors.
They will appear in East Hampton Justice Court for arraignment on Friday afternoon.