Texas Teen Matin Azizi-Yarand Arrested for ISIS-Inspired Plot to Shoot Up Dallas Mall During Holy Ramadan
Texas teenager Matin Azizi-Yarand was arrested on Wednesday for planning a mass shooting at Frisco’s Stonebriar Centre Mall north of Dallas.
Azizi-Yarand wrote a “Message to America” explaining his reasons for the attack for Allah.
The attack was planned to take place during holy Ramadan.
Azizi-Yarand told an FBI source he wanted to put America in the same place as Europe with soldiers on the streets.
'Later in the discussion, investigators say, Azizi-Yarand told the FBI source he wanted “to put America in the state that Europe is in which is having to have soldiers deployed in streets”'https://t.co/R9Rnj2fjDE
— Ibn Salami (@IbnSalami) May 2, 2018
The Dallas News reported:
A Plano West Senior High School student was arrested on suspicion of making an ISIS-inspired plan to commit a mass shooting at Frisco’s Stonebriar Centre mall with help from others, authorities announced Wednesday.
Matin Azizi-Yarand, 17, faces charges of making a terroristic threat and criminal solicitation of capital murder of a Texas peace officer. He was taken into custody at school on Tuesday and transferred Wednesday to the Collin County Detention Center, where he is being held in lieu of $3 million bail. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.
Authorities say Azizi-Yarand was planning to carry out the attack in mid-May. He had sent more than $1,400 to others to buy weapons and tactical gear. He had also written a “Message to America” explaining his reasons for the attack.
The teen discussed his plans during online communications with FBI confidential sources and an undercover employee, mulling over attacks at a school and a Hindu temple before settling on Stonebriar Centre, according to the probable cause affidavit. He told the sources that he had learned the layout of the mall and had been observing patrons and security there.