A man inspired by the October 31 terror attack in New York City that killed 8 has been thwarted in his plan to carry out an attack at a popular tourist spot on Christmas Day.
7 News, an ABC affiliate in San Francisco, reports that the FBI stopped a man who thought Christmas Day was the "perfect day" for an attack and who "did not need an escape plan because he was ready to die."
We've learned the FBI has arrested a man by the name of Everitt Aaron Jameson from Modesto. According to a handwritten letter obtained by the FBI, Jameson also referred to himself as Abdallah adu Everitt ibn Gordon.
According to FBI documents, Jameson picked the Pier 39 location because he "had been there before and knew it was a heavily crowded area." He added that it would be easy to "funnel" people into an area where he could inflict casualties.
Unlike previous attackers, the documents released by law enforcement officials show that Jameson not only had pro-ISIS sympathies but also military training that could have proved deadly.
The documents also say Jameson was posting and liking pro-ISIS and pro-terrorism content on Facebook. And according to the documents, the suspect was discharged from the Marine Corps. He had prior military experience with a "sharpshooter" rifle qualification and expertise with rifle marksmanship.
Documents released and posted on Twitter also show that Jameson left a last will and testament as well as what could be described as a suicide note that blamed Americans for the coming attack, blamed Donald Trump for giving Jerusalem to the Jews when he says it belongs to "the Muselmeen," and in which Jameson also pledged allegiance to ISIS and its leadership.
What agents recovered at suspect's home - letter, last will & testament, firearms and rounds pic.twitter.com/NbmcUgHDfW— Melanie Woodrow (@MelanieWoodrow) December 22, 2017