Feds: N.C. Muslim convert with AK-47 arrested after alleged threat of mass murder

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Screengrab: WNCN

On Tuesday, North Carolina CBS affiliate WNCN reported that Garrett Grimsley, a 27-year-old Muslim convert, was arrested over the weekend after posting a threat of mass murder online. According to a federal prosecutor, he had an AK-47 and 340 rounds of ammunition when he was arrested.

WNCN reported:

Garrett Grimsley used the app Whisper to make post Sunday, stating, “Salam, some of you are alright, don’t go to Cary tomorrow,” according to an affidavit filed by a Cary police officer in support of the federal criminal complaint against Grimsley.

The post had a picture of a man with camouflage pants and holding a red flag with a black star in the middle, according to the affidavit.

“For too long the kuffar (non-Muslims) have spit in our faces and trampled our rights,” Grimsley told a cooperating witness in a private message, according to the affidavit. “This cannot continue. I cannot speak of anything. Say your dua (prayers), sleep, and watch the news tomorrow. It will only be the beginning, insha’Allah.”

The officer adds that “insh’Allah” is Arabic for “God willing.”

He refused to answer questions when authorities raided his home and his computer was more than halfway through encrypting his hard drive, the report said.

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WNCN added:

The computer screen also had visible Facebook conversations between Grimsley and a user going by the name Tim Tam, which included a screenshot of Grimsley’s Whisper messages.

Tim Tam stated ‘we’re going to be on CNN tomorrow,” in one of the messages, according to the affidavit.

In another, according to the statement, “Grimsely” wrote, “holy (expletive) I’m actually going to get raided.”

In one message, Grimsley said he “yell(s) all the time about jihad,” then blames it on “too much CSGO … and nasheeds,” according to the affidavit. The author of the affidavit explains that CSGO most likely means Counter Strike: Global Offensive, a video game, and that nasheeds are Islamic vidoes with speeches and music.

Grimsley, who also faces a state charge of cyberstalking, is charged with transmitting a threat in interstate commerce to injure the person of another and faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Here’s a video report, courtesy of WNCN:


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