The FBI has thwarted an “ISIS-inspired” terror plot in North Texas with the arrest of a 17-year-old accused of planning a mass shooting spree.
Fox 4 News reports that federal investigators believe Matin Azizi-Yarand was planning to attack the Stonebriar Centre in Frisco, Texas, later this month. His arrest warrant affidavit stated Azizi-Yarand sent more than $1,400 to others to buy “weapons and tactical gear.” He allegedly wrote a “Message to America” explaining the motive behind his attack.
“This is a message for America and any other country that is fighting Islam and slaughtering the Muslims with their fighter jets and other such weaponry,” the message said.
Azizi-Yarand discussed plans to fire into a crowd, set stores on fire, and make a cop “surrender and drop his gun” so he could “douse him with gasoline and burn him” with a confidential FBI source, who tipped off investigators and assisted the police to make the arrest.
Frisco police said that the “see something, say something” approach to stopping a murderous attack worked in this case.
“The facts of this case, though alarming, serve as an example of the power of cooperation and the importance of each individual remaining vigilant in the spirit of ‘see something-say something.’ I would like to thank all the local and federal partners who worked on this case for the teamwork displayed in keeping our North Texas community safe,” said Frisco Police Chief John W. Bruce.
Azizi-Yarand has been charged with criminal solicitation of capital murder and making a terroristic threat. The maximum sentence he could face, if convicted, is life in prison.
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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