Monique Garrett, the Bellevue Nursing Home employee from Oklahoma City who claimed her coworker Jacob Muriithi threatened to behead her in September, has been arrested on a felony warrant from 2012, KFOR reports.
On Sept. 28, The Oklahoman reported that a man named Jacob Muriithi was locked up on a terrorism complaint after he allegedly threatened to behead his coworker, later identified as Monique Garrett. Garrett told authorities that during the incident, Muriithi identified himself as a member of the Islamic terror group known as ISIS, threatened to cut her head off, and said, “This is just what we do.”
According to The Oklahoman:
Jacob Mugambi Muriithi, 30, is being held in the Oklahoma County jail on a terrorism complaint. His bail is set at $1 million.
Following the alleged beheading threat, law enforcement reportedly came across court documents that revealed Garrett was caught stealing medication from a patient at Manor Care Nursing Center more than two years ago.
“Monique Garrett willfully and knowingly took Oxycodone … from a patient … from Manor Care Nursing Center,” the legal documents read.
Since the investigation, that nursing home was sold and Garrett did not work under its new owners. It’s unclear why it took police so long to arrest Garrett, but a local advocate against nursing home abuse has a theory.
“If somebody is caught abusing or neglecting a resident or patient, it could take as much as a month before that flag shows up in the system so that person could technically be fired from that facility and go work at another facility without raising anybody’s attention,” Wes Bledsoe with A Perfect Cause.
According to additional reports from KFOR, Garrett is still listed as a certified medication aid with the Oklahoma State Health Department. On Demand Court Records also shows Garrett’s extensive criminal history.
An anonymous witness close to the suspect has now come forward to say he wants Muriithi set free. According to him, his former coworker has a “dry sense of humor” and shouldn’t have to suffer because of his “silly mistake.”