Woman: My family was threatened after Lilburn mosque meeting

LILBURN -- A Lilburn woman said her family was threatened and harassed as they traveled home from a City Council meeting about a controversial mosque.

Janie Hood, whose family once farmed the area where the mosque was proposed, said "Middle Eastern" men who seemed to be associated with the congregation "boxed" her daughter's car in as they traveled down U.S. Highway 29 on Wednesday night.

She said the men began calling threats out their windows and drove erratically, keeping her daughter from turning off the highway from the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville, where the meeting was held, until Lilburn police stopped them inside the city limits.

Hood had spoken at an earlier hearing on the issue, but she said she did not know if the men targeted her because she wore a red shirt to express her opposition to the proposal, which was defeated by the council Wednesday.

"It put me, it put my two grandchildren and it put my daughter in danger," she said. "They were trying to hurt us."

While Lilburn police took statements from the victims and the suspects, no one was arrested.

Hood said she was trying to pursue a warrant, although because the incident crossed three police jurisdictions, there are questions over which police force would pursue the charges.

Sgt. Stephen Weed of the Lilburn Police Department said the criminal investigation will be handled by either Lawrenceville or Gwinnett police.

Hood said many of her neighbors witnessed the incident and called 911, as both she and her daughter did during the ordeal.

In the police report, the driver of one vehicle said he left the courthouse and was driving slowly because of foggy conditions.