Two Suspects Arraigned Over Threats to Bomb N.Y. Jewish Center

Police say suspects sent emails to Jewish Center of the Hamptons, threatening attack; formerly married couple pleads not guilty.

A private residence overlooking an inlet in Southampton, New York. A Jewish center in the area received bomb threats.AP

Two suspects have been arraigned over threats to bomb the Jewish Center of the Hamptons, the area of Long Island, New York, known as a popular vacation spot for the rich.

"Basically they were sending emails to the Jewish Center saying that several other people they knew were going to attack the Jewish Center," Jerry Larson, the police chief of East Hampton Village, told the East Hampton Press.

The suspects, an unemployed formerly married couple, were arrested July 10 at John F. Kennedy International Airport after attempting to reenter the United States from Turkey, the paper reported.

Asli Dincer, 44, and her ex-husband, Melih Dincer, 31, pleaded not guilty Friday to threatening to bomb the Jewish center, according to the report.

They have been charged with making terrorist threats, menacing in the second degree and conspiracy in the fifth degree. Larsen said neither suspect is known to have any affiliation with a terrorist group.

"You know, we took the threat seriously," said Larsen. "At no time was anyone in any danger, and we took many precautions to make sure of that."

Their bail was set at $50,000 cash or bond, the newspaper said.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement must approve the suspects' release before they can be freed from jail.