Man arrested in Bozeman charged with making false statements involving international terrorism

Posted at 6:20 PM, Apr 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-05 00:33:25-04
Courtesy: Missoula County Sheriff’s Office

A man who was arrested at a Bozeman shooting range Wednesday has been charged with making false statements involving international terrorism.

Fabjan Alameti, 21, recently traveled to Montana from New York. He made an initial appearance on a criminal complaint Thursday.

The complaint charges Alameti with possession of a firearm by unlawful user of a controlled substance and with making false statements involving international terrorism, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Court documents filed in the case said law enforcement officers arrested Alameti without incident at a Bozeman shooting range.

Alameti was taken into custody after he allegedly took possession of an M1A firearm he had rented, according to the DOJ.

“Fabjan Alameti recently moved to Bozeman from another state,” stated Paul Haertel, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Salt Lake City Field Office. “We want to make it absolutely clear that Mr. Alameti has no known ties to Montana or any affiliation with the Muslim community in Bozeman.”

The press release states the complaint is merely an accusation and Alameti is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

If convicted of the most serious crime, Alameti faces a maximum 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

Judge Lynch ordered Alameti be detained. Alameti reserved his right to request a detention hearing at later date, according to the DOJ.