Skip to comments.NBC4 Investigation: Possible Terror Evidence In Robbery Probe?
Posted on 07/15/2005 12:37:43 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
During the raid to arrest two robbery suspects at a local apartment, police said officers uncovered details of a possible terrorist cell, with alleged plans for an attack in the Southland.
In an exclusive investigation, Channel 4 News has learned more about the two suspects under investigation by the FBI's counter terrorism task force and an alleged plot that targeted several prominent locations in the Los Angeles area.
ANA GARCIA (REPORTER): Is it possible that an Islamic Prison Gang with possible links to Middle Eastern operatives were planning to blow up these targets?
LT. COMMANDER ERIC GRIMM, CALIFORNIA NATIONAL GUARD: We put those three armories on a heightened state of security.
GARCIA: Armories in West LA, Manhattan Beach and Torrance. And U.S. Army recruiting centers, including Long Beach, Torrance and Harbor City.
GRIMM: There was a robbery in Torrance, and ... the persons arrested by the local police department made an allegation or a threat against the California National Guard, and they specifically named three armories.
GARCIA: Gregory Patterson, 21, and Levar Washington, 25, are being held on a total of $3 million dollars bail, charged with holding up at least 10 gas stations and convenience stores in the South Bay.
But why are Patterson and Washington of interest to the FBI's counter terrorism unit?
RAFAT A. SALIB, ARMED ROBBERY VICIM: Police took the tape.
GARCIA: Salib, a Chevron gas station owner, says investigators took the surveillance tape of the hold-up at his Crenshaw Boulevard market.
SALIB: (The) guy came in about 10:30 (with a) ski mask on (his) face ... (and) unbelieveable, it's a machine gun, a long machine gun.
GARCIA: According to a senior official familiar with the case, when police searched Washington's apartment on West 27th Street, looking for evidence of the robberies, they instead found a list of targets and notes of an operation which detailed a need for cash, explosives, weapons, even remote control devices. Our informant tells us it was all part of a plot to blow up targets in the Los Angeles area. Rabbi Marvin Hier confirms an increased police presence at synagogues.
RABBI MARVIN HIER, SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTER: Our assumption was, it is directly linked to the event the arrest of these two people in Torrance.
GARCIA: But who are Patterson and Washington? A local police source says Gregory Patterson may have worked at LAX; the airport was on the list of targets. LAX officials say they the FBI has asked them not to comment.
And what about Levar Washington? According to court records, Washington is a former member of the Rolling 60 Crips gang and even had their tattoo on his forehead. He was sentenced to six years in prison for assault with a deadly weapon, robbery and street terrorism . Washington was housed at four different California prisons. Records show he entered as a Christian, but published reports say he is now a disciple of Islam.
A source close to the investigation says Washington and Patterson may be linked to a wider plot involving a prison-based gang called "Jimiyat Islam Sahid" or JIS. According to gang experts, JIS recruits former gang members such as the Crips in prisons such as Folsom, where Washington served time.
HIER: People are converted to extremeists while they are serving in prison.
GARCIA: According to an expert close to the case, JIS was formed in the mid-'90s and is allegedly linked to Middle Eastern operatives in Pakistan and Tunisia.
HIER: That is very frightening.
GARCIA: El Al airlines confirms their security department knew about the threat.
Gregory Patterson's attorney says his client in no way intended to take aggressive action against his country.
Patterson's mother told a local newspaper her son has never done anything wrong. He was an honors student and Christian who recently converted to Islam.
We found a 1999 handwritten note from Washington's mother, Debra, in court records. She wrote to the judge at the time that her son had remorse, that he had changed tremendously and promised he would not get into trouble again.
We want to be clear. Gregory Patterson and Levar Washington have been charged only with robbery, and they have pleaded not guilty.
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You think these guys came across the border?
What will come as a shock to them is that the next major terrorist attack or attacks in the US could well see the capture of suspects that are black as West Africans, or as white Nordic northern as Timothy McVey. Held together by their common belief in Islam. This is seeming more and more of a Religious rather than a racial connection we need to profile.
"He was an honors student and Christian who recently DEGENERATED to Islam.?
The MOTHERS!! They should be smacked with a raw mackeral, honestly!! As a mother, if that were my kid, I would not be defending him.
So, we're beginning to see the results of allowing--no, welcoming--Muslim clerics into our prisons, to participate in the "rehabilitation" of those incarcerated.
Jul. 15, 2005 20:30 | Updated Jul. 15, 2005 20:37
"Channel 2: US cell planned attack on LA Consulate"
By JPOST.COM STAFF
ARTICLE SNIPPET: "The FBI had reportedly arrested last week four American Muslims who were planning an attack on the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles, Channel 2 News reported Friday evening.
According to the report, the four - all African-Americans who had converted to Islam - admitted to attaining a map of the consulate, as well as address of synagogues in the Los Angeles area.
Cell members also gathered information on El Al flights to and from LA."
link to the JPost above, mentions 4 alright.
This has a hint of the Manson plan to start a race war. LA is on the verge of an all out riot IMO. If I lived in LA I would get out now while you still can.