ALERT: Five Foreign Nationals Arrested on Busy Northeast Turnpike
A routine traffic stop on the Ohio Turnpike in Trumbull County about an hour east of Cleveland has led to grand jury proceedings after evidence of criminal activity literally fell out of the glove box of the car in plain sight of Ohio State Patrol troopers.
The driver of the car, Zakaria Warsame, age 25, was pulled over after an improper lane change on the turnpike when the glove box door fell open and, “a bunch of U.S. currency fell out – 100s, 50s, 20s and gift cards,” according to the testimony of Trooper Brandon Miller at the preliminary hearing for the driver and his four passengers, all foreign nationals from Somalia.
They were arrested at the scene and charged with possessing criminal tools and forgery after the search subsequent to the stop led to the discovery of equipment used to create and duplicate credit cards.
Charges against Jibril Abdiselam, 24; Mohammeddeq Hassan, 27; Mahamoud Mohamed, 26; Zakaria Warsame, 25, and Said Abu (no age given) were referred to the Trumbull County grand jury after the preliminary hearing.
Trooper Miller said Abu’s identity took several hours to confirm, as his Washington state driver’s license was expired. One of the other suspects gave a false identification to the trooper.
The five are being held in the county jail on $25,000 bond each and were ordered to relinquish their passports. Counsel for Abu told reporters that the five live in the Columbus area and are America citizens.
The arrests came on the same day that radical Islamic terrorists launched simultaneous attacks in Paris at a café, a sports stadium and a concert venue.
Over 300 were injured and 132 killed and France’s capital city has remained on high alert as officials conducted raids during the past week in an effort to track down the perpetrators and planners of the massacres.
Ohio officials said they do not believe the five Somali natives arrested have terror connections.