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Rochester man allegedly plans to kill service members
Rochester, N.Y. - A Rochester resident, U.S. naturalized citizen and native of Yemen is behind bars after he was arrested for allegedly planning to kill U.S. Service Members as they came home from war.
Mufid Elfgeeh, 30, was arrested by the Joint Terrorism Task Force Saturday in the Hudson Avenue Wal-Mart parking lot after investigators said he bought two unregistered firearms with silencers. Investigators said those guns were "rendered inoperable" prior to purchase.
"Mr. Elfgeeh expressed on numerous occasions his interest in killing American service men as they're returning from the war zones," said U.S. Attorney William Hochul. "He also spoke about hurting members of the Shi'a Muslim community here in Rochester."
Elfgeeh is charged with two counts of receipt and possession of an unregistered firearm silencer.
According to the affidavit, Elfgeeh also spoke of hurting members of the Shi'a Muslim community.
He also expressed his support for terrorist organizations such as Al-Qaeda on social media.
"The Twitter accounts were important in this case and they did speak volumes in Mr. Elfgeeh's ideology," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Brett Harvey. "It becomes more serious when you have the statements like the statements that Mr. Elfgeeh was making that are taken together with action, we have both of those things in this case and that's when it gets to the point we bring in the federal justice system."
Also highlighted were multiple discussions Elfgeeh had with an informant about violent attacks.
He stated, "Me, myself, I'm thinking about doing something here to be honest with you... I'm thinking about just go buy a big automatic gun or whatever and just go around and start shooting."
Elfgeeh went on to say he already had a bullet proof vest.
Further in the paperwork, he told an informant "even if we do 20 or 30 people slowly...so we just going to focus about things that are really gonna work."
"Our office and all of our colleagues across this country simply won't tolerate the interest of any person to kill citizens whether they be wearing a uniform or because of their past service or because they happen to practice a specific religion. That simply cannot be tolerated," said Hochul.
Elfgeeh's business Mojo's Foodmart on North Clinton Avenue was searched by the Joint Terrorism Task Force Saturday.
The U.S. Attorney's office says the investigation is ongoing.
Elfgeeh is in a federal detention center in Batavia without bail.
If convicted, Elfgeeh could face a maximum of 20 years in prison and or a $250,000 fine.
He's due back in federal court on June 16.