Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen, SoCal Man, Arrested in al-Qaida Plot, FBI Says
A Garden Grove man who was headed to Mexico was arrested this morning for "attempting to provide material support to al-Qaida," the FBI in Los Angeles said.
Twenty-four-year-old Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen, a.k.a. Hasan Abu Omar Ghannoum, was collared at a Santa Ana bus station as he was attempting to head south with a falsified passport, federal authorities allege. Just what was he supposed to have been doing for the terrorist organization?
The FBI is not saying, and the two-count indictment sent to us is short on detail.
It alleged that Nguyen, a U.S. citizen, had a passport obtained with false statements, including a fake name and, more shockingly, that he "committed this offense to facilitate an act of international terrorism," according to the indictment.
It alleges his actions appeared "to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping" outside the United States.
According to Laura Eimiller of the FBI in L.A:
Investigators do not believe Nguyen was traveling with others, nor are they aware of a continuing threat to the public at this time, based on his alleged activities.
CSUN Mens Soccer
TicketsSat., Oct. 29, 7:00pm
Los Angeles Clippers v Utah JAzz - Verified Resale Tickets
TicketsSun., Oct. 30, 1:30pm
Los Angeles Clippers v Phoenix Suns - Verified Resale Tickets
TicketsMon., Oct. 31, 7:30pm
UCLA Bruins Men's Basketball
TicketsTue., Nov. 1, 7:30pm
He was arrested at 7:30 a.m., "prior" to boarding a Mexico-bound bus, feds said.
Eimiller said an investigation into the matter by the Joint Terrorism Task Force was ongoing (perhaps explaining why details were sparse).
Nguyen was due in federal court in Santa Ana at 2 p.m.
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Los Angeles, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.