Last fall, I spotlighted several terrifying shooting incidents at D.C.-area Marine buildings and military installations (see here and here). Shots were fired at the Marine Corps Museum in D.C., the Pentagon, a vacant Marine Corps recruiting station in Chantilly, Va, and a Coast Guard recruiting station in Woodbridge, VA.
The shootings remained unsolved…until now, it seems.
Law enforcement and military sources say forensic evidence links Marine reservist Yonathan Melaku to last fall’s mysterious shootings at military targets around Northern Virginia, including the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle.
Melaku, 22, sparked a security scare Friday after U.S. Park Police saw him in Arlington National Cemetery after dark. Authorities then found his red 2011 Nissan truck parked in a wooded area near the Pentagon, according to an FBI press release.
Police say Melaku’s behavior after he was confronted by police prompted massive road closures during the Friday morning rush hour as officials investigated the contents of his backpack for what they initially feared might be bomb-making materials. They found no explosives. His Alexandria home also was searched.
Forensic evidence found during the investigation links Melaku to five shootings at military targets last year, sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity told www.insidenova.com.
I’ll ask again: When jihad-bent American Muslims target American soldiers on American soil, why does America yawn?
Flashback: Homegrown hate crimes against our troops
Flashback: Muslim soldiers with attitude
Update 6/23 New arrests…breaking in Seattle…AP and Fox reporting this afternoon that two have been taken into custody in plot on Seattle military installations…
More as details come in.
The Justice Department says two men have been arrested in a plot to attack a military recruiting station in Seattle with machine guns and grenades.
Seattle resident Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, also known as Joseph Anthony Davis, of Seattle, and Walli Mujahidh, also known as Frederick Domingue Jr. of Los Angeles were arrested Wednesday night.
They were scheduled to make initial court appearances Thursday on terrorism and firearms charges.
Investigators say the two men planned to attack a station in Seattle where military enlistees are processed. The building, on East Marginal Way, also houses a daycare.
They could have been named “Jihad al-Jihadi” and the Left media would still whitewash their root cause out of the story…
Fun fact: There was a homegrown jihadi named Abujihaad. Remember?
Update 6/23 Back to the Pentagon bomber suspect…I know you will be shocked by revelations of his “Allahu Akbar!” tapes…hat tip Cameron Gray…
A Marine Corps reservist arrested in a security scare near the Pentagon last week was charged Thursday in a series of pre-dawn shootings at military buildings in the Washington area last year.
Federal prosecutors said in court documents that they found bomb-making materials in a backpack carried by 22-year-old Yonathan Melaku as well as inside his home. They also said authorities discovered a video he took of himself firing shots outside one building last fall and repeatedly saying the Arabic words “Allahu Akbar,” which means “God is Great.”
He was detained for trespassing inside Arlington National Cemetery early Friday and was found with a quantity of ammonium nitrate, which is widely used in explosives; a spiral notebook containing references to al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden; a can of black spray paint; two cans of Rust-Oleum; and spent 9 mm shell casings.
In a subsequent search of his Alexandria home, officials said they found in his bedroom closet a typed list titled “Timer” with items an FBI bomb technician said were consistent with the requirements for “a time power unit and firing mechanism of an improvised explosive device.”
“Those items, combined with ammonium nitrate, would in fact make up several significant components required for the manufacture of an IED,” according to the affidavit.