Arrest warrant issued over threatening rainbow flag note

Aug 7, 2019

HOMEWOOD, Ala. (AP) — Police in Alabama have identified a man accused of leaving a threatening letter at a business that had displayed a rainbow flag.

News outlets report Homewood police obtained an arrest warrant Wednesday for 83-year-old James Willoughby Wood. The note was found last month on the back door of Salon U.

AL.com reports Homewood police Sgt. John Carr says Wood will be charged with misdemeanor harassing communication once he's arrested. Carr says detectives haven't made contact with Wood and don't know the motive behind the letter.

Homewood detectives reviewed surveillance video to identify the person responsible. Wood was picked from a photo lineup.

Issam Bajalia owns the salon and says he and other workers had just returned from New York City's World Pride event when the letter was found.