NBC News affiliate WFLA Tampa : MIAMI, Fla. (WFLA) – A Florida man who authorities say is a supporter of the terror group ISIS, is accused of attempting to make a backpack bomb that he allegedly planned to bury on a Key West beach. Harlem Suarez, also known as Almlak Benitez, 23, of Key West, Florida, was charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction against a person or property within the United States. “According to the complaint, Harlem Suarez, a self-professed ISIS adherent, knowingly attempted to use a weapon of mass destruction – a backpack bomb – in the United States,” said Assistant Attorney General Carlin. Suarez told the informants that he considered himself a member of the Islamic State and that "one day I will cook American" ... "in cages" ... "flaming." One of the informants, posing as a member of Islamic State, told Suarez at a meeting in a Homestead hotel room that he would get back to him with prices for grenades and other explosive material needed to make a backpack bomb. He legally purchased an AK-47 assault rifle online but when he went to pick it up from a Key West pawn shop, which is not named in the arrest report, he filled out the paperwork wrong and the pawn shop clerk would not give him the weapon.
Suarez came to the attention of the FBI after a person contacted the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in April and said that someone named Almlak Benitez tried to friend him on Facebook and recruit him to join ISIS. At that point, undercover agents made contact with Suarez. The criminal complaint states Suarez told an undercover FBI informant that he wanted to make a “timer bomb.” “Suarez discussed wanting to conduct a terrorist-style attack on or about July 4th, possibly in Marathon, Florida, or on South Beach in Miami Beach, Florida, or both,” states the complaint. "I can go to the beach at night time ... put the thing in the sand ... cover it up so the next day I just call and the thing is gonna, is gonna make a real hard noise from nowhere, and like people are gonna be like what, where is this [expletive] came from," Suarez told the informant, according to the arrest report.
Sarasota private investigator Bill Warner has worked on terrorism cases in the past. Suarez’ appearance makes Warner uneasy. “With the tattoos and short haircut, no beard, no mustache, clean cut and he goes to the beach,” Warner said. “Who would suspect he’s a terrorist?” PI Bill Warner said ISIL uses the Internet to spread its message and recruit members, and unlike terror groups before it who chose big, populous targets, the Islamic State is different. “These ‘Mooks’ are going after the low-key, little soft targets,” PI Bill Warner said. “They go to the mall and shoot people, go to the beach and shoot people. How do you stop this?” see http://wfla.com/2015/07/28/key-west-isil-supporter-planned-to-detonate-backpack-bomb-says-fbi/
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