Terror suspect and Veteran claimed ISIS sympathies and planned to bomb Los Angeles freeways and the Santa Monica Pier

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Terror suspect claimed ISIS sympathies and planned to bomb Los Angeles freeways and the Santa Monica Pier.

Authorities have arrested a Los Angeles man described as a U.S. military veteran for terror-related charges that included threats against a local landmark and freeways.”

The suspect was identified as Mark Steven Domingo, 26, of Reseda, Calif., according to press release Monday from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Domingo allegedly expressed support for ISIS and discussed wanting to use explosives at the Santa Monica Pier. He also is said to have plotted to set off explosives on L.A. freeways.

According to a federal affidavit, “after considering various attacks — including targeting Jews, churches, and police officers — Domingo decided to detonate an IED at a rally scheduled to take place in Long Beach this past weekend. As part of the plot, Domingo asked his confederate — who actually was cooperating with the FBI as part of the investigation — to find a bomb-maker, and Domingo last week purchased several hundred nails to be used as shrapnel inside the IED.

“Domingo said he specifically bought three-inch nails because they would be long enough to penetrate the human body and puncture internal organs,” the affidavit states.

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  • Authorities have arrested a Los Angeles man described as a U.S. Army veteran for terror-related charges that included threats against a local landmark and freeways.
  • The suspect was identified as Mark Steven Domingo, 26, of Reseda, Calif., according to press release Monday from the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Domingo allegedly expressed support for ISIS and discussed wanting to use explosives at the Santa Monica Pier. He also is said to have plotted to set off explosives on L.A. freeways.
  • Online rants from the suspect tipped off investigators about Domingo, who expressed anger at the killings of Muslims last month in New Zealand mosque attacks.

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LOS ANGELES — Authorities have arrested a Los Angeles man described as a U.S. military veteran for terror-related charges that included threats against a local landmark and freeways.

The suspect was identified as Mark Steven Domingo, 26, of Reseda, Calif., according to a press release issued Monday by the U.S. Department of Justice. It said Domingo “was arrested Friday night after he received what he thought was a live bomb, but in fact was an inert explosive device that was delivered by an undercover law enforcement officer as part of an investigation by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.”

“Domingo, a former U.S. Army Infantryman, wanted to use improvised explosive devices against innocent civilians and he selected components that would make the bombs even more deadly to the victims he targeted,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers. “His arrest today mitigates the threat he posed to others in the Los Angeles community.”

The government said Domingo faces federal charges in a terrorist plot in which he planned to detonate an improvised explosive device for the purpose of causing mass casualties.

According to the government, Domingo in online posts and conversations with an FBI source “expressed support for violent jihad, a desire to seek retribution for attacks against Muslims, and a willingness to become a martyr.” During an April 3 meeting, the suspect allegedly expressed support for ISIS and said “if ISIS ‘came here,’ he would swear allegiance to ISIS,” according to the complaint.

Domingo, who has combat experience in Afghanistan, also discussed wanting to use explosives at the Santa Monica Pier plotted to set off explosives on L.A. freeways, authorities said. He also made threatening comments about wanting to harm LAPD officers.

“After considering various attacks – including targeting Jews, churches, and police officers – Domingo decided to detonate an IED at a rally scheduled to take place in Long Beach this past weekend,” the DOJ said. “As part of the plot, Domingo asked his confederate – who actually was cooperating with the FBI as part of the investigation – to find a bomb-maker, and Domingo last week purchased several hundred nails to be used as shrapnel inside the IED.”

The suspect “specifically bought three-inch nails because they would be long enough to penetrate the human body and puncture internal organs,” according to the 30-page affidavit.

“I’m extremely glad to be announcing that we interdicted a potential terrorist attack, rather than outlining the FBI’s response to yet another tragedy,” said Paul Delacourt, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles field office. “At no time was the public in danger and there is currently no known threat to public safety.”

Online rants from the suspect tipped off investigators about Domingo, who expressed anger at the killings of Muslims last month in New Zealand mosque attacks. The suspect had been put under surveillance since he posted threatening comments a few weeks ago.

Domingo had several guns, including a modified AK-47-style rifle, when he was nabbed in the string operation.

The suspect is expected to make his initial appearance this afternoon in federal court in Los Angeles.

“I can tell you, unequivocally, that this partnership, coupled with our ability to be nimble, ultimately resulted in dozens of innocent lives being saved in Southern California,” said LAPD Chief Michel Moore.

The threat against L.A. follows Saturday’s deadly shooting at a synagogue in Poway, Calif., located in San Diego County. A 19-year-old suspect was arrested in connection with the synagogue shooting, which killed one person and injured four others.

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https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/29/terror-suspect-planned-to-bomb-los-angeles-freeways-fbi.html

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