A man who was carrying suspected bomb making materials and pro-al Qaeda literature was arrested in Arlington National Cemetery early this morning, triggering a bomb scare that snarled Washington’s morning rush hour. The FBI, however, determined that the material in his backpack was harmless.
“There was not a device and the products found are determined right now to be inert,” said Brenda Heck, special agent in charge of counterterrorism for the FBI.
The material in the suspect’s backpack tested negative as a potential explosive, sources said.
Sources told ABC News earlier that the backpack contained what was believed to be ammonium nitrate and spent ammunition for an automatic weapon. The material was reportedly contained in four large ziplock type bags.
Sources also said there were pro-al Qaeda statements found in a notebook that contained mostly notes for a financial class. There was also was a page containing words “al qaeda,” “Taliban rules,” “mujahidin” and “defeated coalition forces.”
Two separate law enforcement sources told ABC News law enforcement identified the suspect as Yonathan Melaku, 22, of Alexandria, Va. U.S. Park Police said no charges have been filed against him yet.
Melaku is a naturalized citizen and lance corporal in the Marine Corps Reserve, 4th engineer batallion out of the Baltimore, Md.
……Melaku allegedly told police in Arlington when he was captured that there were other “devices” in the area and also the location of his vehicle. But the FBI said there was no reason to believe other individuals were involved and they believe the suspect acted alone.
This wackjob has a history:
An Alexandria man was arrested Thursday night in connection with a rash of vehicle tamperings in Leesburg.
Yonathan Melaku, 22, was arrested and charged with four counts of grand larceny.
Leesburg Police found 27 damaged cars Thursday morning after they were called by residents who said they heard the sounds of car windows being smashed.
When officers arrived at the scene around 3:30 a.m. in the 500 block of Glade Fern Terrace they found no suspects.
Officers checked the area and found the damaged vehicles. In addition, officers determined several items were missing from the vehicles.
Two words: Dry. Run. Give him a dishonorable discharge and send him to Ethiopia. He has more in common with the Ittihaad al-Islami (AIAI) anyway.
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