Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab, 23, came to the United States in October, 2012. He left in 2014, as he explained, to visit his grandmother in Turkey. On that trip, however, he rejoined the armed struggle in Syria, in company with terrorists. In his first court appearance in Sacramento, Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab drew some good press as a hip young man fond of fast cars and posing before the Golden Gate Bridge. On January 15, a somewhat different portrait emerged.
A Sacramento Bee report cited documents that emerged during the refugee’s January 15 indictment. On his overseas adventure, the refugee praised acts of violence against Americans and took part in the execution of three Syrian soldiers. Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab boasted of using silencers in the attacks. Friends on the refugee’s Facebook page included supporters of Ansar Al-Islam and ISIS. The FBI found that he corresponded with a site ISIS used to distribute propaganda and communicate with terrorist organizations.
Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab also posted a photo of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bomber, and praised him as a Muslim who humiliated the United States, belongs to God’s nation and enjoyed divine protection. According to the Bee report, Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab also praised a deadly 2009 suicide attack against CIA analysts in Afghanistan.
The refugee’s public defender said his client planned no acts of violence in the United States and will plead not guilty to charges of lying to U.S. officials and participating in international terrorism. The January 16 Sacramento Bee report included no quotations from local CAIR director Basim Elkarra, who previously told reporters that nobody in local mosques recognized the Iraqi refugee. The day of his indictment, the FBI released more information on the December 2 San Bernardino attack.
As the Los Angeles Times reported, FBI investigators now believe that Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik attempted to detonate a pipe bomb hidden inside a bag at the Inland Regional Center. Investigators were unsure of the timing to detonate the bomb, but as reporters Richard Winton and James Queally noted, “the idea that Farook wanted to attack in waves bears an eerie resemblance to his aborted plans for a terror attack on a nearby school or freeway in 2012.”
The FBI has been unable to locate the hard drive from the Muslim couple’s home, and an 18-minute gap remains in the timeline. The FBI’s David Bowdich told reporters: “Until we know what happened in those 18 minutes, I am uncomfortable and my investigators are uncomfortable. Because you just don’t know if they met with someone, and that is disconcerting.”
Also on the day of Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab’s indictment, a Sacramento judge found Luis Enriquez Monroy Bracamontes competent to stand trial. In October 2014, Bracamontes, a Mexican national in the United States illegally, gunned down Danny Oliver, 47, a Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputy. Bracamontes shot Oliver in the head with a 9mm handgun but the killer and his wife Janelle Marquez Monroy also packed an AR-15 rifle. After killing Danny Oliver, Bracamontes and Monroy shot Anthony Holmes, a motorist who refused to give up his car. Holmes survived the shooting but later Bracamontes killed police detective Michael Davis with the AR-15 and wounded Jeff Davis, a deputy.
At the time Bracamontes was going by the alias “Marquez,” and it emerged that he had used at least five aliases and two Facebook names. He had been arrested multiple times in Arizona on drug and weapons charges. Twice deported to Mexico, Bracamontes repeatedly managed to enter the United States illegally.
Rep. Ami Bera, northern California Democrat, invited Susan Oliver, the slain officer’s widow, to President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union Speech. Her message for the White House, the African American widow told reporters, was to “Build unity between citizens and law enforcement. The damage is tearing us apart.”
When Bracamontes first appeared in the courtroom of judge Helena Gweon, a Schwarzenegger appointee, she would not allow the media to photograph his face. In similar style, Judge Gweon told the grieving mother of African-American teenager Jamir Miller, gunned down by illegals from behind with an AK-47, that the case “has nothing to do with illegal aliens.”
Meanwhile, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, the Mexican national charged in the shooting death of Kathryn Steinle, is a felon who had been deported five times. Lopez-Sanchez found refuge in San Francisco, a sanctuary city.