Latest: Family of terror plot suspect surprised by arrest
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of an Army vet suspected in a terror plot (all times local):
The family of a U.S. Army veteran suspected of plotting terror attacks in California says they’re surprised by his arrest.
In a statement Monday, the family of Mark Domingo had no further comment about the criminal charges against the 26-year-old. The statement also asked for privacy.
Federal prosecutors said Domingo converted to Islam and wanted retribution for the New Zealand mosque attacks.
The suspect’s younger brother, James Domingo, told reporters outside the family’s Los Angeles home that he’d hoped Mark’s religious conversion would offer him some guidance.
James Domingo declined to say whether he believed his brother was guilty or innocent. He said he would “wait for the trial.”
Mark Domingo was arrested Friday on a charge of providing material support to terrorists. It’s not known if he has an attorney.
Authorities say they thwarted a terror plot targeting white supremacists in California by an Army veteran who converted to Islam and wanted retribution for the New Zealand mosque attacks.
Federal prosecutors said Monday that Mark Domingo was arrested for planning to plant a bomb at a Nazi rally Sunday in Long Beach.
Domingo was arrested Friday on a charge of providing material support to terrorists. The rally never happened.
Court papers say Domingo discussed several types of attacks with an informant that included targeting Jews, churches and police officers.
He said he wanted revenge for attacks on mosques in New Zealand that killed 50 people last month.
A message left on a phone listed for Domingo was not immediately returned.