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A 23-year-old man who threatened a cab driver with a fake gun Saturday is being held by federal immigration officials for allegedly being in the country illegally.

Mohammad Mahm Alanezi was arrested for menacing, disorderly conduct and harassment at about 7 a.m. Saturday after pointing a BB gun at a cab driver on Bunick Drive in Lake Oswego.

Alanezi is a student at Portland Community College, according to officials at the Clackamas County Sherriff's office, and also a Kuwaiti national.

Don Forman, a captain in the Lake Oswego Police Department, said the gun Alanezi wielded in Saturday's incident appeared to be real and frightened a cab driver, who was otherwise uninjured.

Forman said the incident began with a cab ride from Portland to Lake Oswego. The driver was a 30-year-old Portland man from the Broadway Cab company.

'During the cab driver's attempt to collect the fare, there was some back and forth between the driver and the customer about the means of payment and ultimately (Alanezi) pointed a weapon at the cab driver that he had retrieved from his apartment,' he said.

Alanezi was also initially charged with pointing a firearm at another person. That charge was reversed when police determined the gun was a fake.

Alanezi was taken to the Clackamas County Jail, where corrections officers suspected he was in the country illegally.

United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement took Alanezi into custody after he posted bail on the local charges.

Lori Dankers, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said Alanezi was being held temporarily at the Columbia County Jail at press time Wednesday. The Columbia County Jail contracts with the federal government to provide temporary beds for immigration detainees.

Alanezi will be moved to the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma today, where a judge will determine whether he will be allowed to remain in the United States.