According to The Hill, federal authorities claim to have stopped a domestic terror plot which targeted many locations around Los Angeles. The suspect, who was arrested by the FBI, was described as a U.S. military veteran.
The suspect is Mark Steven Domingo from Reseda, California. According to the Department of Justice, Domingo received what he thought to be a live bomb from undercover law enforcement.
Domingo, an Islam convert, allegedly had multiple targets, including Long Beach area. “It sounded like he tried to connect with other like-minded folks online,” a law enforcement officer said.
Law enforcement said that Domingo hoped to detonate an improvised explosive device “for the purpose of causing mass casualties.” He initially thought about targeting Jewish people, police officers, and churches before choosing to set off a bomb at a rally in Long Beach.
“Domingo, a former U.S. Army Infantryman, wanted to use improvised explosive devices against innocent civilians and he selected components that would make the bombs even more deadly to the victims he targeted,” Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers said in a statement.
“His arrest today mitigates the threat he posed to others in the Los Angeles community. I want to thank the agents, analysts, and prosecutors who are responsible for this investigation and arrest.”
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