Baltimore terror plot arrest: Man accused of plotting to blow up military recruiting center
A Baltimore man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a plot to blow up an Armed Forces recruiting center in Catonsville, Md., a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's Office confirmed.
The man, identified by ABC News as Antonio Martinez, aka Muhammad Hussain, planned to attack the center "with what he believed to be vehicle bomb," according to the spokesperson, Marcia Murphy.
"There was no actual danger to the public as the explosives were inert and the suspect had been carefully monitored by law enforcement for months," Murphy added.
She also said "[t]here is no evidence this individual is tied to the recent shootings at military recruiting centers in the Washington, D.C. metro area."
Law enforcement sources described Martinez as a Muslim convert who was angry at the U.S. military for what he considered a war on Muslims.
Martinez was ordered held without bond until a hearing on Monday.
According to charging documents, Martinez was arrested Wednesday morning after attempting to detonate a fake bomb provided to him by the FBI.
He was charged with attempted murder of federal officers/employees and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction against a property owned, leased or used by the United States.
The Associated Press reported that President Obama had been informed of the investigation before Martinez's arrest, and was assured the public was not in danger.
The law enforcement sources said the man was caught in an FBI sting operation similar to one in Portland, Oregon, which led to the arrest of 19-year-old Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a Somali-born U.S. citizen. Mohamud is accused of plotting to drive a truck bomb into the city's Christmas tree-lighting ceremony.
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