How San Bernardino Terrorist Lured Nerd Neighbor to Jihad

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Buyer of guns used in massacre faces terrorism charge.

Enrique Marquez, the pal who bought guns for San Bernardino terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook, was paid $200 month to enter into a sham marriage with one of the slain terrorist’s extended family members, court papers claim. RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) – The man who bought the assault rifles his friend used in the San Bernardino massacre was charged Thursday with a terrorism-related charge alleging he plotted earlier attacks at a college they attended and on a congested freeway.

The duo, who had become adherents to radicalized Islam ideology as neighbors in Riverside, plotted in 2011 and 2012 to maximize carnage by using pipe bombs and guns to kill innocent people at a campus cafeteria and those stuck in rush hour traffic, court documents said. Records show Marquez married Chernykh at a ceremony at the Islamic Society of Corona-Norco in California last year, although the mosque’s facility manager denied it occurred there. Farook and his alleged would-be accomplice, Enrique Marquez, planned to attack Riverside Community College, where they both had been students, and “throw pipe bombs into the cafeteria area from an elevated position on the second floor, and then to shoot people as they fled,” according to a criminal complaint against Marquez, 24.

Meanwhile, it was also revealed that the Farook and Marquez planned other deadly attacks — including one in which they would bomb the cafeteria of their former college in California. “[Marquez’s] prior purchase of the firearms and ongoing failure to warn authorities about Farook’s intent to commit mass murder had fatal consequences,” US Attorney Eileen Decker said. Marquez has been charged with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists based upon his plotting with Farook, which took place in 2001 and 2012. Authorities said that on the morning of the assault in San Bernardino, Malik searched social media for information related to the Islamic State group, which has hailed the attack but stopped short of claiming it.

U.S. authorities laid out a grim tale of jihadi seduction, with Farook indoctrinating Marquez, whom he met in 2005, through jihadist lectures and other propaganda. “Farook later introduced Marquez to radical Islamic ideology, which included expressing disdain towards Muslims in the U.S. military who killed other Muslims, as well as discussing the extremist views of the now-deceased imam and Islamic lecturer Anwar al-Aulaqi,” the Justice Department said in a statement. Marquez appeared in federal court in Riverside on Thursday afternoon, wearing a beige T-shirt and square-rimmed glasses, his hands cuffed in front of him as he sat at the defense table. He was described as both impressionable and the type who “couldn’t fight his way out of a wet paper bag,” the owner of a bar where he used to work told the Times. Farook began providing Marquez with radical Islamic materials, such as Inspire, a magazine published by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, according to the affidavit.

A lengthy affidavit outlines evidence against Marquez, including statements he gave investigators over 11 days after he waived his rights to remain silent and be represented by a lawyer. In August 2011, Farook informed Marquez of his interest in joining AQAP in Yemen.” The allegations tend to undercut the notion that it was Farook’s wife, Malik, who radicalized him and persuaded him to engage in violence. The affidavit said Farook was registered as a student there from about 2004 to 2010. “Marquez admitted that the attacks were designed to maximize the number of casualties that could be inflicted,” the affidavit said, adding that Marquez drew a diagram of the planned attack for authorities.

Farook allegedly planned to then move among stopped vehicles, shooting into them, while Marquez shot into vehicles from a position on a nearby hillside. Marquez told authorities he converted to Islam around age 16 and four years later was spending most of his time at Farook’s home, reading, listening to and watching “radical Islamic content” that included al-Qaida instructions on how to make bomb.

Once vehicles were disabled and traffic was clogged, Farook would gun down those who were trapped, while Marquez took aim at first-responders from an adjacent hillside. Around the same time, Marquez bought smokeless powder “in furtherance of his and Farook’s plans to create bombs and commit mass killings.” But Marquez was getting nervous about his relationship with his budding terrorist friend, and in late 2012, he began to back away from Farook.

He said they also planned to throw pipe bombs on a busy section of freeway that has no exits, bringing traffic to a halt and then picking off motorists. A friend of Marquez, who asked not to be identified, had previously told The Daily Beast that Marquez’s attraction to Farook and radical Islam was “more of an intellectual curiosity” than a devotion. He said he agreed to buy them because “Farook looked Middle Eastern.” Authorities previously said Marquez had legally purchased the guns Farook and Malik used.

Marquez said he and Farook aborted their plans after authorities interrupted a terror plot in the area in November 2012 that involved four men who wanted to join either the Taliban or al-Qaida fighting U.S. forces overseas. A remote control was found in Farook and Malik’s rented sport utility vehicle after the couple were killed in a shoot-out with police. “Enrique wasn’t a violent kid.

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