BREAKING: Enrique Marquez, Neighbor Of San Bernardino Terrorists, Arrested For THIS Heinous Act
Enrique Marquez, the friend and neighbor of terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook has been arrested.
It's shocking that it has taken this long to get this dangerous terrorist behind bars.
The NY Daily News reports:
A friend and former neighbor of San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook was charged Thursday with buying the guns used in the tragedy — and planning similar terrorist attacks.
The Daily News reported last week that Enrique Marquez, a longtime pal of Farook, was likely to face criminal charges for providing the rifles used in the killing spree that left 14 people dead.
Hours after the attack, Marquez could be heard on a 911 call implicating himself.
“My neighbor. He did the San Bernardino shooting,” Marquez told a dispatcher, according to the feds. “The f--king a--hole used my gun in the shooting.”
The criminal complaint released Thursday provides a close-up look of the fateful friendship that would bind the two young men, that within a few years would turn to talk of radical Islamic ideology and plans to attack a college they had attended or slaughter motorists on a nearby highway that were never carried out.
Investigators said Marquez, 24, illegally purchased the two assault rifles that ended up in the hands of Farook, 28, and his 29-year-old wife Tashfeen Malik.
Marquez met Farook when he moved in next door in 2005. The two began, and soon Marquez visited a mosque and was praying more frequently at Farook’s home.
He converted to Islam in 2007.
By 2011, Marquez was spending most of his time at Farook’s home, where he watches videos involving radical Islamic content and reads Inspire magazine, an official publication of al-Qaida.
The two started to share sickening dreams of executing an attack on Riverside Community College where they attended classes.
Marquez told investigators that around late 2011 he and Farook planned to bomb a crowded cafeteria or library at the school or mow down motorists with gunfire on a gridlocked Southern California freeway, according to the complaint.
In the freeway attack plan, the two identified a stretch of eastbound state Route 91 where traffic is badly congested in the afternoon and there are no nearby exits for motorists to flee. Farook would toss a pipe bomb to stop traffic, then walk along the freeway firing at motorists, Marquez told investigators. Marquez’s role would be to stay in the hills above, shooting drivers from there and firing on police as they arrived.
That’s when Marquez bought a pair of AR-15 rifles and smokeless explosive powder from a sporting goods store that were planned to be use in the attacks.
“They can trace all the guns back to me,” Marquez tells the dispatcher in the 911 call he made after the shootings, according to the complaint.
In 2013, their relationship begins to deteriorate and Marquez told investigators they ceased planning attacks. The following year, Farook would marry his accomplice in the San Bernardino shootings, Malik.
Investigators say Marquez disclosed that he was paid $200 monthly to enter into a “sham” marriage with the Russian sister of one of Farook’s in-laws to allow her to stay in the U.S.
Marquez was charged with conspiring to commit crimes of terrorism, unlawful purchase of two assault rifles and defrauding immigration authorities by entering into the sham marriage.
Hours after the Dec. 2 attack, Marquez showed up at the UCLA Harbor Medical Center and told the staff that he knew "the guy from San Bernardino" and was admitted to psychiatric ward. He said that he had consumed about nine beers and said "I'm involved," according to the complaint.
Marquez made his first appearance in U.S. District Court in Riverside for a six minute hearing.
He was handcuffed wearing glasses, a light tee shirt and dark pants with both front pockets pulled out to show he had nothing in them. As he waited about an hour for the Judge Sheri Pym to take the bench, he chatted with his lawyers, smiled, yawned, swiveled back and forth in his chair and rested his forehead on his arms a couple times while slumped over the table.
If convicted, Marquez could face 15 years in federal prison on the terrorism charge and 10 years each on the two other charges.
Bail will be set Monday, and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for Jan. 4.