Asli Dincer, 44, and her former husband Melih Dincer, 31, pleaded not-guilty to threatening to bomb the Jewish Center of the Hamptons during their arraignment in East Hampton Town Justice Court on Friday afternoon.
Mr. and Ms. Dincer were charged with making terrorist threats, a class D felony; falsely reporting an incident in the first degree, a class D felony; menacing in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor; and conspiracy in the fifth degree, a class A misdemeanor.
The Dincers were arrested by East Hampton Village Police on July 10 at John F. Kennedy International Airport after attempting to reenter the country from Turkey.
They were arraigned before Justice Steven Tekulsky, who set their bail at $50,000 cash or $250,000 bond, each. Mr. and Ms. Dincer will be transported to the Suffolk County Jail in Riverhead this afternoon.
There is also an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) hold on Mr. and Ms. Dincer, which acts as a detainer by the Department of Homeland Security that prohibits any law enforcement agency from releasing a suspect unless ICE approves of the release.
Mr. and Ms. Dincer will remain in Suffolk County Jail until their next court date on August 20, unless they are indicted by the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.
Both Mr. and Ms. Dincer are being represented by Andrew Wolt, an attorney from Ronkonkoma. Mr. Wolt refused to comment on the case.
The Dincers live on Peconic Avenue in Riverhead, where they have resided for less than one year, and are both unemployed.
UPDATE: Friday, 2:45 p.m.
A source told The Press that an unoccupied East Hampton Village Police car parked in recent weeks on Montauk Highway, near the former Highway Diner, was being used to electronically read license plates of passing vehicles to monitor traffic, searching for a specific plate. When asked if the cop car was being used in connection to this case, Mr. Larsen said he could not comment, nor could he comment on any investigative tools the department uses. The car first appeared on the highway in June and was removed this week.
East Hampton Village Police arrested two Riverhead residents on July 10 for threatening to bomb the Jewish Center of the Hamptons, according to East Hampton Village Police Chief Jerry Larsen in a phone interview.
Asli Dincer, 44, and her former husband Melih Dincer, 31, were charged with making terrorist threats, a class D felony; falsely reporting an incident in the first degree, a class D felony; menacing in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor; and conspiracy in the fifth degree, a class A misdemeanor, according to a press release issued by the department on Friday.
"Basically they were sending e-mails to the Jewish Center saying that several other people they knew were going to attack the Jewish Center," said Chief Larsen. The e-mails first started in June, he said.
Both subjects were arrested by East Hampton Village Detectives at John F. Kennedy International Airport last night after they attempted to re-enter the country from an "overseas flight," according to the release.
Mr. and Ms. Dincer had been wanted for questioning regarding the threats but had left the country, stated the release. The investigation was part of a partnership between village police and detectives from the Suffolk County Police Department, the New York State Police and the Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Chief Larsen said to his knowledge, neither subject has any affiliation with a terrorist group.
"You know, we took the threat seriously," he said. "At no time was anyone in any danger, and we took many precautions to make sure of that."
Carolina Penteado, who works in the office of the Jewish Center of the Hamptons, said she couldn't comment on the arrests or the threats as she was unaware of them up until the press release was issued.
The Jewish Center's Executive Director Diane Wiener could not immediately be reached for comment.
Mr. and Ms. Dincer will be arraigned at East Hampton Town Justice Court at 1 p.m. on Friday.