(KMOV) – There is new information surfacing about what led to a stand-off involving a Fairview Heights man and federal agents last week.
Roman Conaway took his wife and son hostage in their home and threatened to set off a bomb.
Before that, however, Conaway called Adil Imdad to say he was going to burn the Qur’an. Imdad is on the management committee for the mosque at St. Louis University. What triggered the call is still unknown, but Conaway’s family confirms to News 4 that a judge’s order in a custody battle over Conaway’s grandchild may have played a role.
Imdad says Conaway was upset and confused during the 12-minute phone call. According to Imdad, Conaway said he was mad about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Still, it’s not known what led Conaway to vent his frustrations through alleged threats against President Obama and attempt to ignite a war between Christians and Muslims.
After the phone call, Imdad says he didn’t know if Conaway would hurt him or others, so he called the FBI.
A judge has ordered Conaway to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
What Conaway said was a bomb in the standoff, turned out to be a fake. He ended up surrendering after 7 hours.