According to the charges, Michael D. McCright, who also goes by Mikhial Jihad, swerved at a government-owned sedan on July 12th after noticing the uniform of the Marine staff sergeant driving the car. “His eyes bulged and he appeared to become enraged,” the staff sergeant reported to the police.
Investigative Project In what may be a new development in a June South Seattle terror plot, state prosecutors filed charges Tuesday against a longtime criminal in Washington state who attempted to run two Marines off the road, and who allegedly had contact with one of the terrorism suspects.
McCright then quickly pulled in front of the sedan and jammed on his brakes in an effort to cause a collision. The second Marine in the car, a noncommissioned gunnery sergeant, managed to report McCright’s license plate to the Washington State Patrol. Both Marines were uninjured in the incident.
Adding to the potential significance of the crime is evidence entered by prosecutors showing that McCright had been in contact with Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, who is one of the two defendants charged with plotting to attack the South Seattle military processing station in June.
“Investigators have confirmed that the cell phone used by the defendant … was used on at least three occasions to contact Abdul-Latif prior to Latif’s arrest by federal authorities,” King County prosecutor Gary Ernsdorff said in court papers. “The FBI is continuing to investigate defendant McCright’s possible connection to domestic terrorism.”
Abdul-Latif was arrested along with Los Angeles resident, Walli Mujahidh, several weeks before McCright’s attempted attack on the Marines for allegedly plotting a suicide operation against a military induction and processing center. The two suspects planned to use automatic weapons and grenades to target recruits and Department of Defense employees working there. Both men are now in Federal custody and face life in prison if convicted.
McCright, charged with second-degree assault, also faces life in prison if convicted as a repeat “three strike” violent offender. He is expected to be arraigned on Sept. 27.