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Avon hotel clerk Alexis Silva told police a Muslim man never mentioned ISIS after police falsely arrested him last Wednesday.Avon Police Department  AVON, Ohio — An Avon hotel clerk told police that a Muslim man never mentioned ISIS after police tackled...

Avon hotel clerk says Emirati Muslim never mentioned ISIS prior to false arrest (video)

Avon hotel clerk Alexis Silva told police a Muslim man never mentioned ISIS after police falsely arrested him last Wednesday.Avon Police Department  AVON, Ohio — An Avon hotel clerk told police that a Muslim man never mentioned ISIS after police tackled...

Avon hotel clerk says Emirati Muslim never mentioned ISIS prior to false arrest (video)
Avon hotel clerk Alexis Silva told police a Muslim man never mentioned ISIS after police falsely arrested him last Wednesday.Avon Police Department 

AVON, Ohio — An Avon hotel clerk told police that a Muslim man never mentioned ISIS after police tackled and arrested him.

Alexis Silva, 22, of Lorain told police Wednesday that Ahmed Almenhali of The United Arab Emirates "freaked her out" at the Fairfield Inn and Suites on Colorado Avenue.

Police body cam video shows Silva explaining her side after officers with guns drawn tackled a bewildered Almenhali to the ground and placed him in handcuffs.

"I said he is dressed in a weird outfit, he's talking on multiple phones, and I don't know what to do because of everything that's going on with ISIS," Silva said. "I said call the police because he kept asking questions."

The man was trying to check into the hotel, but there were no rooms available, Silva said.

Almenhali was undergoing stroke treatment at Cleveland Clinic, according to police.

He grabbed his head and collapsed to the ground after the arrest. Emergency medical technicians who were already on scene rushed him to a nearby hospital

Officers were responding to 911 calls from Silva's 17-year-old sister and father Lonard Dolin, 42, of Lorain. The sister told police Silva sent her a text message that "a male in a headdress with multiple disposable phones was pledging his allegiance to ISIS" and to call police.

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"He was searching the Internet on one [phone], making calls on a disposable phone," Silva said. "That just freaks me out."

Silva locked herself in a hotel bathroom before officers arrived, police reports say.

"Unfortunately, the call that came to us is he was screaming, pledging his allegiance to ISIS and waving his phones around," Avon police Lt. Dan Fischbach told Silva. "That's a completely different picture than what happened."

Video of the arrest has gone viral and the arrest has drawn international scrutiny.

The United Arab Emirates on Sunday warned its citizens to avoid wearing traditional garments when traveling abroad.

Avon police Chief Richard Bosley said Silva may face criminal charges.

"Someone dressed like that and holding a phone is not enough to call and say they are pledging their allegiance to ISIS," Fischbach told Silva. "That's a totally different ballgame."

Avon mayor: Police followed protocol when they mistakenly arrested Emirati man

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