AFFTON (KMOV.com) –

A family that says it was threatened of its religion spoke about the incident Monday.

Rabie Ayoub and his wife Marwah were house hunting in an Affton subdivision Sunday morning when they were allegedly threatened by a nearby resident Leonard Debello, who was holding a gun. The couple says Debello clearly made the threats because they are Muslims.

Both Rabie and Marwah were surrounded by local Islamic leaders at a press conference Monday calling for charges in the case. Debello was arrested, but later released. He is not currently facing charges.

“This crime was not done against this family, this crime was also done against all American Muslims,” said Faizan Syed with the Council on American Islamic Relations in St. Louis.