The Irving, Texas, Police Department has no plans to further investigate the sensational case of Muslim “clock boy” Ahmed Mohamed, despite questions being raised about whether the teenager personally built his suspicious-looking clock, an Irving police source told WND.
Questions also have been raised about the background of Eyman Mohamed, Ahmed’s 17-year-old sister, who told the Daily Beast during a day-long interview with the family that she was still upset about an incident in which she was suspended from school after being accused by another student of wanting to blow up the building.
Eyman has been running Ahmed’s social media campaign, which characterizes him as a victim of anti-Muslim stereotyping.
NBA owner Mark Cuban of the Dallas Mavericks told HBO “Real Time” host Bill Maher last Friday he spoke to Ahmed on the phone but was puzzled as to why his sister kept trying to feed him answers.
“We talked about science, but while I’m talking to him on the phone, as I ask him a question, ‘Tell me what happened because I’m curious.’ Right? His sister, over his shoulder, you could hear, listening to the question, giving him the answer,” Cuban said, the Dallas Morning News reported Wednesday.
During media interviews, Ahmed has maintained he “made a clock.”
“I’m the person who built a clock and got in trouble with it,” he said, further describing the clock as his own “invention.”
Electronics expert Thomas Talbot posted a viral video to YouTube Sept. 18 arguing Ahmed did not actually build the clock. Talbot claims the teenager appears to have ripped out existing components from a standard digital alarm clock.
After removing the plastic cover, he said, Mohamed attached the internal components to the inside of a suitcase.
“This child, nothing against him personally, never built a clock,” said Talbot in the video. “He did not invent a clock or build it, and I’m going to show you why. … What this is is a commercial alarm clock, as you would purchase in any department store and use at your bedside. All he did was remove the plastic case from the alarm clock. This is not an invention. This is not something that someone built or even assembled.”
A statement by Irving police pointed out that under Texas law, “a person is guilty of possessing a hoax bomb if he possesses a device that is intended to cause anyone to be alarmed or a reaction of any type by law enforcement officers.”
The Irving Police Department officially closed the case and instructed employees not to comment to the media beyond information already released.
However, WND spoke to a source inside the Irving Police Department who said detectives were aware of the Internet reports alleging the boy didn’t construct a clock of his own invention.
Still, the source said the clock will not be re-checked and that the family was notified last week, ahead of those reports, that Ahmed’s device was available to be picked up.
The source expressed puzzlement at news reports saying the family hired lawyers to retrieve the clock from police.
The source said the police department is still waiting for the family to pick up Ahmed’s property.
The source further said there is a lot of misinformation circulating in the media about the case, but he declined to be more specific.
The source said the Irving police have more information that has not yet made public, but those details will be released in the coming days.
The source maintained detectives have no plans to re-open the case.
In a twist in the case, Eyman Mohamed described her own ordeal involving a fake bomb threat at another school.
“I got suspended from school for three days from this stupid same district, from this girl saying I wanted to blow up the school, something I had nothing to do with,” Mohamed told the Daily Beast. “I got suspended and I didn’t do anything about it. And so, when I heard about Ahmed, I was so mad because it happened to me and I didn’t get to stand up, so I’m making sure he’s standing up because it’s not right. So I’m not jealous. I’m kinda like – it’s like he’s standing for me.”
The young girl said her suspension did not take place at MacArthur High School in Irving. Instead, her punishment came during her first year of middle school when the family moved to Texas from New York City.
“I knew English, but the culture was different, the people were different,” Mohamed said.