An Army Veteran who converted to Islam was arrested on Friday for plotting a terror attack against “white nationalists” who were planning a rally in Long Beach, California on Sunday. The suspect was identified as Mark Steven Domingo, 26, who “expressed support for violent jihad, a desire to seek retribution for attacks against Muslims, and a willingness to become a martyr.” He is charged with
providing material support to terrorists.
The Long Beach Post reported that the white nationalist rally was called off, although a few people gathered in the park anyway to protest the group’s rally. There are reports that Domingo targeted several groups, not just one. Court document stated that Domingo was deployed to Afghanistan between Sept 2012 and Jan 2013.
According to the news reports, Domingo purchased three inch nails for an Improved Explosive Device (IED) so that they would “penetrate” the human body and “puncture” internal organs. In other words, he was planning to inflict the maximum number of casualties.
The affidavit also alleges that Domingo posted an online video on March 2 professing his belief in Islam. The following day, he posted on an unnamed social media network that “america needs another vegas event … to kick off civil unrest,” a reference to the October 2017 mass shooting at a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. Domingo allegedly wrote that such an event would be “about weakening america [and] giving them a taste of the terror they gladly spread all over the world.”
The FBI reportedly conducted an online sting operation in order to nab Domingo before the attack could take place. During that operation, he asked an undercover FBI agent to find a bomb maker.
“The brave men and women of the LAPD and our partners in federal law enforcement showed the world what they do every day: arrest a suspect, avert a tragedy, and save lives. Thanks to the vigilance, cooperation, and courage of our Joint Terrorism Task Force, we stopped a deadly plot in its tracks.” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti