Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, who also went by Joseph Anthony Davis, 33, of Seattle (pictured right), and Walli Mujahidh, also known as Frederick Domingue, Jr., 32, of Los Angeles, will face terrorism and firearms charges for the suspected plot. Officials said Abdul-Latif and Mujahidh bought machine guns, intending to shoot men and women enlisting in the armed forces at the Military Entrance Processing Station on East Marginal Way.
KING5 (H/T RevereRidesAgain) -“Driven by a violent, extreme ideology, these two young Americans are charged with plotting to murder men and women who were enlisting in the Armed Forces to serve and protect our country,” said Todd Hinnen, Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security.
According to Justice Department officials, the attack was initially planned for Joint Base Lewis-McChord, but the two men later decided on MEPS as the target.
Law enforcement stated they have known about the plot for some time, and have been monitoring Abdul-Latif and Mujahidh in the meantime, keeping tabs on their activity.
Police first found out about the plot from a citizen who alerted a Seattle Police detective after being approached by Abdul-Latif and Mujahidh. Police said the two men asked that person to supply firearms and participate in the attack.
“The complainant felt safe approaching a Seattle Police Detective and, in doing so, ended the plot
intended to take innocent lives,” said Seattle Police Chief John Diaz.
Since June, the pair of suspects have been recorded discussing the plot, both on audio and video tape, said Justice Department officials.
Officially, Abdul-Latif and Mujahidh are charged by complaint with:
- conspiracy to murder officers and employees of the United States
- conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction (grenades)
- possession of firearms in furtherance of crimes of violence.
Additionally, Abdul-Latif is charged with two counts of illegal possession of firearms.