Federal prosecutors have captured a U.S. Army veteran with experience fighting in Afghanistan who had been conspiring to stage a terrorist attack at a planned white supremacist rally, with the intentions of inflicting thousands of deaths in the Los Angeles area.
The suspect has been identified as Mark Steven Domingo, 26 and was arrested last Friday after receiving what he believed was a live bomb that he had planned to detonate at a Long Beach rally on Sunday. The weapon was delivered to Domingo by an undercover federal officer.
According to the new reports, Domingo is being charged with providing explosive materials to assist in a planned terrorist attack.
Police had confirmed that Domingo had planned to attack several sites targeting Jews, police officers and churches before he made his way to the Long Beach rally.
“America needs another Vegas event … something to kick off civil unrest,” he wrote on March 3 on his social media.
He also noted that he had a deep interest in recreating the March 15 mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in which 50 people were killed. “There must be retribution,” he added, according to the reports.
Domingo served in Afghanistan between September 2012 and January 2013. Police highlighted that the suspect had purchased 8 pounds of 3-inch nails for the IED, saying “they would be long enough to penetrate the human body and puncture internal organs,” according to the undercover cop in charge of the case.
During the initial exchange, the affidavit dug deep for the plans and expressed to Domingo that he didn’t want to get caught.
“You plan to go and get caught. That’s your plan,” the informant allegedly stated. Domingo replied, “Martyrdom, bro.”
The suspect was taken into federal custody Friday night as Domingo, the FBI informant and the undercover officer were conducting surveillance at the Long Beach Park before the attack.