Reseda Residents Shocked over Arrest of Army Vet in Connection to Alleged Domestic Terror Plot

April 30, 2019 - 10:06 am
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People in Reseda are waking up Tuesday and wondering if they really had a terrorist in their midst.

An Army veteran has been arrested and accused of plotting to set off a bomb at a political rally. 

The situation has jolted the suspect’s family when FBI agents showed up en masse to go through the house.

But Mark Domingo’s younger brother James says they were professional about it.

His older brother prayed at a local mosque after converting to Islam recently.

And yet for residents in the vicinity and neighbors, who lived a few houses down or a few blocks away, it was just shocking to think that authorities would arrest somebody for terrorism right here.

Another longtime resident said it was just a bad thing in what’s an otherwise good neighborhood.

A terror plot targeting white supremacists in Southern California was shut down by federal authorities Monday.

Prosecutors say Army veteran Mark Domingo had converted to Islam and wanted retribution for the New Zealand mosque attacks.

He was arrested for planning to plant a bomb at a Nazi rally Sunday in Long Beach. That rally was canceled.

Court papers say Mark Steven Domingo, 26, discussed several types of attacks with an informant that included targeting Jews, churches and police officers.

KNX has been told the man is a US Army vet who had expressed support for ISIS and came to the attention of authorities during an online sting.

Mark Steven Domingo, 26, a former US Army infantryman who had had combat experience in Afghanistan, was arrested Friday night after he allegedly wanted to detonate an improvised explosive device (IED) to cause mass casualties. 

He allegedly planned to ambush LAPD officers and set off explosives at the Santa Monica Pier.

Citing two unnamed law enforcement officials, the Los Angeles Times reported the suspect was arrested on domestic terrorism charges. One official said the alleged plot involved "multiple targets," but declined to elaborate.

A host of local and federal law enforcement authorities will be holding a news conference at 1 p.m. to discuss the results of what they described as a counterterrorism investigation. Among those expected to take part are U.S. Attorney Nick Hanna, FBI Special Agent in Charge Ryan Young, Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore and representatives from other members of Joint Terrorism Task Force, including NCIS, the Long Beach Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that an alleged plot aimed at "multiple targets" was disrupted by federal and local law enforcement agencies.

A news conference to discuss the case was scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday.

-KNX 1070 and CNS