Feds: Pair planned to rob store in Muslim gear to create panic

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say two men planned to capitalize on post-9/11 fears by dressing in traditional Muslim attire and displaying a fake bomb while robbing a New York City check cashing store on the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

A criminal complaint says the plan was called off because there were too many people near the Bronx store Sunday. It says the two had planned to wear dark-colored robes that one man had obtained from his mother.

Juneal Ali was held without bail after an initial appearance Tuesday in Manhattan federal court. A criminal complaint charged him with conspiracy and attempted robbery.

The complaint says a co-conspirator revealed the plot to police.

Ali's attorney did not immediately respond to a request to comment on his behalf.

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