Federal authorities set to indict friend who bought guns for San Bernardino …

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Enrique Marquez, who bought rifles for San Bernardino gunman Syed Farook, had ties to killer’s family by marriage: documents.

A 24-year-old Wal-Mart security guard, known to friends as a shy cycling enthusiast who wanted to join the military, has emerged as a key figure in last week’s terror attack at a San Bernardino social services center. SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA.com/AP) — The gunman who massacred his co-workers in the San Bernardino rampage and the friend who bought the assault rifles used in the rampage were related through marriage.

Marquez purchased high-powered weapons at least three years ago that Farook and his wife fired when they burst into a holiday-themed meeting of Farook’s fellow health inspectors Dec. 2, killing 14 people and wounding 21 others. Enrique Marquez, 24, remained a free man Wednesday as the investigation into the ISIS-inspired slaughter continued — but it appeared he faced imminent arrest, a source told The News. “Looks like it,” said the source, saying there was no indication that the transfers of the rifles from buyer Marquez to his pal was done with the legally required paperwork.

New revelations from officials and public records show a much deeper connection between Syed Rizwan Farook and Enrique Marquez than previously was disclosed. Marquez has cooperated with FBI agents, who have been interviewing him in recent days, according to a law enforcement source speaking on the condition of anonymity. The family connection comes as Marquez reportedly confessed to investigators that he and Farook planned a 2012 terror attack in the United States — only to abandon the idea after they became spooked.

FBI Director James Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that the two shooters were radicalized well before Malik came to the U.S. on a fiancée visa and they had discussed jihad and martyrdom as early as 2013. A trace of the weapons’ ownership goes directly to Marquez, who could face state charges under California’s strict gun laws and a possible federal charge of proving material support to a terrorist. They “were plotting an actual attack” that year, including purchasing weapons, but became apprehensive and shelved the plan because of law enforcement activity and arrests in the area, said Idaho Sen.

The wife fired first before her spouse joined in. “He said something along the lines of, ‘There’s a lot of Muslims in our own backyard, just ready to go haywire and attack,’” friend Michael Stone told ABC. “He was drunk, so I don’t know.” Authorities raided Marquez’s house Saturday, and a handwritten “Please keep off the property” sign was quickly placed in the yard to keep the media at bay. Meanwhile, records show Marquez was wed Nov. 29, 2014, to Russian bride Mariya Chernykh — whose sister Tatiana was married three years earlier to Syed’s brother Raheel Farook. The ceremony took place at the Islamic Society of Corona-Norco, according to the marriage license, though the mosque’s facility manager denied it occurred there. Marquez, whose security guard license in California expired last year, had worked at Wal-Mart since May, but has since been fired, spokesman Brian Nick said.

Maybe he just left the guns at his house.” Chernykh and Romero posed together in photos posted on on social media with a baby girl, whom they refer to as their daughter. Viviana Ramirez, 23, a friend of Marquez’s and fellow student at Riverside Community College, described him as shy but said they bonded over their mutual desire to enlist in the military. His brother-in-law, Raheel Farook, is a Navy veteran, serving from 2003 to 2007 and earning the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, among other awards.

The slain terrorist’s father, also named Syed Farook, and mother, Rafia, are now on the FBI terror watch list in the aftermath of their son’s role in the mass shooting. “They were good persons,” Armida Chacon said while standing in her driveway. “Good people. Tommy Lopez, who said he became friends with Marquez after meeting at a punk rock show seven months ago, said he never talked about his wife and was not religious. And I don’t believe they did anything bad.” Malik’s father told The Associated Press a week after the shooting that news of the rampage involving his radicalized daughter had left him devastated.

He would sometimes publish melancholy or depressing posts on Facebook, Ramirez said, even though his page was otherwise littered with pictures of Marquez smiling or making clownish faces while wearing a bicycle helmet. Malik’s father, reached in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, condemned his daughter’s actions and said he is “very, very sad. … I am in such pain that I cannot even describe it.” The father, Gulzar Ahmed Malik, has been a resident in the kingdom since the early 1980s, the Saudi Interior Ministry says. His daughter was from Pakistan but traveled to Saudi Arabia. (TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. Contributing to this report were AP reporters Eric Tucker and Tami Abdollah in Washington, Amanda Lee Myers in Los Angeles and Brian Skoloff in San Bernardino. Brittani Adams, a neighbor of Syed Raheel Farook, said she had seen Marquez and Chernykh around the family home but the two looked like anything but a married couple.

So far, we really don’t have much to go with because the people who remember him, remember that he used to come and pray but that’s pretty much it.” Despite Marquez’s links to the terror suspects, Ramirez said she doubts he would have done anything to help Farook and Malik if he knew what they had intended to do with the weapons.

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