A former U.S. Army infantryman with combat experience in Afghanistan was arrested Friday for planning to detonate improvised explosive devices (IED) at several Southern California locations in a terror plot thwarted by law enforcement officials, the Justice Department announced Monday.
Mark Steven Domingo, 26, was arrested Friday night after he took delivery of what he thought was a live bomb (but was actually inert) from an undercover officer posing as bomb maker as part of an FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force investigation.
According to a federal affidavit, “after considering various attacks – including targeting Jews, churches, and police officers – Domingo decided to detonate an IED at a rally scheduled to take place in Long Beach this past weekend. As part of the plot, Domingo asked his confederate – who actually was cooperating with the FBI as part of the investigation – to find a bomb-maker, and Domingo last week purchased several hundred nails to be used as shrapnel inside the IED.”
“Domingo said he specifically bought three-inch nails because they would be long enough to penetrate the human body and puncture internal organs,” the affidavit states.
Prosecutors just issued this press release identifying the suspect as ex-U.S. Army infantryman Mark Steven Domingo, who is accused of planning an IED attack in Long Beach.
— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) April 29, 2019
Prosecutors alleged Domingo was seeking retribution for the New Zealand mosque attack and said he was willing to become a martyr.
“There must be retribution,” he posted online, according to the federal criminal complaint.
“America needs another vegas event …[to] give them a taste of the terror they gladly spread all over the world,” he allegedly wrote.
After coming across the posts, the FBI used an informant to begin a series of meetings with him.
— Kelly Puente (@KellyPuenteLB) April 29, 2019
The development comes less than 48 hours after a gunman opened fire inside a San Diego County synagogue, killing one woman and wounding three others in what law enforcement officials are investigating as an anti-Semitic hate crime.
Domingo was charged with attempting to provide material support to terrorists.