The bond Syed Farook and Enrique Marquez formed a decade ago was tight. They began visiting a local mosque, discussing Islamic radicalism and amassing weapons and explosives. Then, four years before the San Bernardino massacre, they hatched terrifying schemes, say federal prosecutors, the Los Angeles Times reports. The duo plotted to launch pipe bombs into the cafeteria of a community college, shooting people as they fled, and to open fire on drivers on a freeway during rush hour, according to federal charges released yesterday. The three-count criminal complaint against Marquez provides the most detailed account yet from authorities of the deadliest U.S. terror attack since Sept. 11, 2001.
Marquez, 24, was charged with conspiring with Farook in 2011 and 2012 to commit crimes of terrorism, as well as unlawfully purchasing two assault rifles used in the San Bernardino massacre and defrauding immigration authorities by entering into a sham marriage. There is no evidence Marquez collaborated with Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, in the Dec. 2 shooting, officials said. A day afterward, Marquez called 911. “My neighbor. He did the San Bernardino shooting,” Marquez said. “They can trace all the guns back to me.” Shortly afterward Marquez was admitted to a psychiatric ward. Over a 10-day period, Marquez was interviewed multiple times by investigators, who said he repeatedly waived his right to an attorney. President Obama is due to visit San Bernardino today to pay tribute to the shootings’ victims.