NEW YORK, NY – A man out on bond for attempted murder was busted traveling heavily armed, after he was caught double parking in a bus lane in the Bronx.
Taking these guns off our streets undoubtedly saved NYers lives.@NYPD40Pct cops addressing a traffic infraction in a Bronx business district found a career criminal with a suspended license behind the wheel, & this cache of weapons in the car.
Good old-fashioned police work ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/goUhxNkrcL
— Commissioner Shea (@NYPDShea) November 20, 2020
New York Police reported that an officer in the Bronx noticed when a Mercedes was parked in the bus lane in front of the Opera House Hotel on East 49th Street just before 1pm. The officer approached the man, Tyrell Livingston, and requested his license.
Livingston allegedly told police, according to the criminal complaint:
I don’t have a license on me. I’m suspended. I got pulled over last night in Virginia, the officer took my license and didn’t give it back.”
The officer searched Livingston’s vehicle and discovered that he had a small arsenal inside. Police located four nine-millimeter firearms and one .45 caliber handgun. Two of the firearms were brand new and still inside their boxes.
The .45 Springfield XDE handgun was stuffed under the driver’s seat and the other four handguns were located in a backpack. Police also found several rounds of ammunition and magazines, one of them being high capacity.
Livingston was arrested and charged with nine different weapons violations and a marijuana charge. He was also giving a traffic infraction for illegally parking according to court documents.
— NYPD 40th Precinct (@NYPD40Pct) November 20, 2020
When this incident occurred, Livingston was already out on a $100,000 bond for his alleged role in a shooting incident that occurred in Manhattan on July 24th. In that incident, Livingston is accused of shooting at a rival of some sort in front of a public housing project.
Livingston, while speaking to officers after that shooting, claimed that he had been jumped by people near the Fulton Houses on 19th Street according to the criminal complaint. Livingston tried to claim that he was acting in self-defense when he took a handgun that had been allegedly stored in a plastic bag and hanging on a fence and fired nine rounds at his alleged attackers.
Police work is oftentimes anything but routine. That was certainly evident today in our precinct’s business district when officers on patrol pulled over a driver who illegally possessed these firearms and ammunition. Arrest made and 5 less guns on our Bronx streets. Great work!! pic.twitter.com/woiCmK9tAx
— NYPD 40th Precinct (@NYPD40Pct) November 19, 2020
Livingston was taking into custody for the attempted murder and released on the bail. However, after his most recent arrest, he is being held on the gun charges according to a spokesperson from the District Attorney’s Office.
Police are currently investigating how Livingston received those firearms and if he was trafficking in them at the time of his arrest. At the time of this article, it is unclear if they have made any progress on that front.
In a somewhat similar case, this time in Portland, Oregon, the Portland Police Bureau responded to a domestic violence call on November 11th. During their investigation, they developed probable cause for the arrest of the suspect, Allen Ming Chiu Ling, whom they believed was armed with a firearm.
Police began searching for Ling and located him; however, Ling was able to flee and escape members of the Portland Police Bureau. Officers continued their search but were unable to locate him.
It was not until Portland Police received a tip that Ling was at a business did they were able to locate him again. Officers, based on the information, responded to the business in the 12200 block of Northeast Erin Way.
Officers this time were able to make contact with Ling and take him into custody. When they arrested him, they located a fully loaded handgun, four additional magazines on his belt and noted that he was wearing some type of body armor.
Ling was arrested and charged, according to his booking information from the Multnomah County Jail only with “assault 4 DV-Felony (C Felony).” He was granted a bond of $10,000 for the offense.
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Portland resident indicted on five counts related to material support to ISIS, still gets released from jail
November 9, 2020
PORTLAND, OR- The U.S. Department of Justice announced on November 6 that a resident of Portland, Oregon was indicted by a federal grand jury on five counts involving providing material support to ISIS, according to a DOJ press release.
The release stated that Hawazen Sameer Mothafar, 31, was charged with two counts of conspiracy to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization, and one count of providing and attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, a violation of Title 18, U.S. Code Section 2339B(a)(1).
Additionally, the indictment charged Mothafar with one count of false statements in an immigration application in violation of Title 18, U.S. Code Section 1546(a), and one count of false statement to a government agency in violation of Title 18, U.S. Code Section 1001(a)(2).
Mothafar made a court appearance in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Jolie A. Russo on Thursday, November 5.
Unbelievably, the release noted, Mothafar, who is confined to a wheelchair, was not detained, but instead was released on conditions including limitations on travel and the use of electronic devices.
According to the indictment, between February 2105 up to the time of his arrest, Mothafar had conspired with ISIS members to provide material support to the terrorist organization. The support, the indictment said, included a wide range of activities.
Mothafar produced and distributed ISIS propaganda and recruiting materials that he had created and edited in coordination with official Isis media operatives located overseas.
Among materials produced, edited and distributed by Mothafar were publications and articles including:
- “Effective Stabbing Techniques,” which provided details on how to best kill and maim a target in a knife attack;
- A tutorial on using explosive ignition devices entitled “How Does a Detonator Work,”
- Propaganda that encouraged readers to carry out attacks in their home countries if they could not travel overseas to fight.
Mothafar also maintained contact with ISIS officials overseas and provided technical support to these individuals that included opening social media and email accounts for official use.
During the time this activity was occurring, Mothafar also made false statements on immigration documents and to government officials denying any ties to terrorist organizations.
The case remains under investigation by the FBI’s Portland Division and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Ethan Knight and Geoffrey barrow, with the assistance of Counterterrorism Trial Attorney Alexandra Hughes.
The Daily Mail said that according to FBI Special Agent in Charge Renn Cannon, “The threat of ISIS-inspired terrorism remains very real thanks, in part, to an army of online supporters who produce propaganda that aims to incite ‘lone actor’ operators in the U.S. and around the world,” Cannon said.
In December 2019, the indictment said, Mothafar attempted to get information on the piloting of a drone for Saleck Ould Cheikh Mohamedou.
Mohamadou is currently incarcerated in Mauritania and is an Islamic extremist who was plotting to assassinate the country’s then-President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, the Daily Mail noted.
The outlet continued that Mothafar was accused of being a channel of information from ISIS to Al Dura’a al Sunni, or Sunni Shield, which is a pro-Islamic State internet-based media organization that published a newspaper called Al-Anfal.
He also published 32 issues of the periodical that contained the article on “Effective Stabbing Techniques” which was entitled Al-Anfal.
In one story, he encouraged readers to carry out attacks in their home countries if they couldn’t join ISIS in active fighting, according to the indictment.
Yet another issue displayed a graphic depicting the Statue of Liberty and Eiffel Tower on fire and was captioned “Soon in the Heart of Your Lands,” the indictment read.
Mothafar also moderated Sunni Shield’s private social-media chat rooms and created a “bot” that would assist in answering questions, spreading information and disguising user identities.
Each of the three counts of providing material support carry prison terms of a maximum of 20 years in prison. The charge of making a false statement carries a sentence of up to 25 years.
In January 2019, Mothafar had told an ISIS supporter in an online chat room that he was concerned about using his real name in connection with Sunni Shield, the indictment read.
“If published for the foundation,” he is alleged to have written, “it could mean 4 terror.”
Meanwhile, back in September, we reported about a Minnesota man who was also indicted for providing material support to ISIS. For more on that, we invite you to:
MINNESOTA – A man who allegedly supported the acts of the terrorist organization ISIS for several years while based out of Minnesota was recently charged for said alleged endeavors, according to the Department of Justice.
Minnesota Man Charged with Providing Material Support to ISIS https://t.co/poiwjLkHMo
— FBI (@FBI) September 17, 2020
The DOJ announced on September 16th that 23-year-old Abdelhamid Al-Madioum has been charged with providing material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham – a.k.a, ISIS. Obviously being a designated terrorist organization, these are some fairly serious charges.
Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers and U.S. Attorney Erica H. MacDonald for the District of Minnesota revealed the charges against Al-Madioum, and the alleged acts details the exploits of a man who used a family vacation to join ISIS.
According to the DOJ release, Al-Madioum and his family stem from Morocco but were naturalized citizens that resided in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. On June 23rd, 2015, the family decided to visit some family members in Casablanca, Morocco.
— Rosie memos (@almostjingo) September 16, 2020
Then, 15 days later on July 8th, Al-Madioum departed Morocco on his lonesome and decided to go to Istanbul, Turkey, and then on to Iraq and Syria. He was said to have wound up joining ISIS and managed to get caught in March of 2019 by the SDF and has since been handed over to the FBI.
The affidavit against Al-Madioum alleges that “from July 8, 2015, through March 15, 2019, Al-Madioum knowingly provided material support and resources, including personnel (namely himself) and services to ISIS”.
It’s currently unclear what exactly Al-Madioum did while providing services to ISIS, however, 18 U.S. Code § 2339B doesn’t exactly carry a lenient sentence in any form. If the accused was only providing support that didn’t result in anyone dying – then he could be looking at 20 years in prison.
However, if the rendered support resulted in anyone’s death, then Al-Madioum could be looking at life in federal prison. All in all, the justice system has never been kind to traitorous acts and with good reason as well.
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