Authorities arrest man accused of plotting ‘mass casualty’ terrorist attack in Calif. – ABC News
The Department of Justice announced Monday the arrest of a former U.S. Army infantryman who is accused of plotting a “mass casualty” terrorist attack at a white nationalist rally in Long Beach, California over the weekend.
Agents arrested the suspect, Mark Steven Domingo of Reseda, California, on Friday evening after an undercover source for the FBI sent the suspect what he believed was a live bomb that he could use to carry out his attack.
“This investigation successfully disrupted a very real threat posed by a trained combat soldier who repeatedly stated he wanted to cause the maximum number of casualties,” U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California Nick Hanna said in a statement.
A 30-page affidavit filed with the criminal complaint against Domingo alleges that his planning to construct a bomb dates back to early March.
Domingo “expressed support for violent jihad,” the affidavit alleges, and he had expressed intentions to target Jews, churches and police officers in revenge for attacks against Muslims. Domingo specifically cited the March attack against Muslim worshipers in New Zealand, posting online, “there mustbe retribution.”
Following those postings, a “confidential human source” inside the FBI contacted Domingo online and later met with him in person where he further detailed his planning of potential attacks. He asked the FBI agent “to find a person to construct an IED that he said could cause 50 casualties,” according to the complaint.
If convicted on charges of providing and attempting to provide material support to terrorists, the Department of Justice said he could face a maximum sentence of 15 years in federal prison.
ABC News’ Mike Levine and Alex Stone contributed to this report.