BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Two Buffalo men were arrested Wednesday after they allegedly made threats to individuals inside a mosque during a religious service, the Buffalo Police Department announced.

Police said Robert Lawrence, 23, and Davious Kapinski, 31, allegedly entered a mosque on the 1900 block of Genesee Street without permission around 7:45 p.m. and began making threats to those inside, refusing to leave until members called 911.

Courtesy: Erie County District Attorney’s Office

Officers responded and began an investigation before apprehending the two suspects a block away from the mosque.

Lawrence and Kapinski were both charged with one count of disruption or disturbance of a religious service, funeral, burial or memorial service and one count of second-degree harassment.

The two men are expected to return to court on Oct. 10 and were released on their own recognizance. They face a maximum of one year in jail.

The investigation into the incident remains ongoing.

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