Texas teen Matin Azizi-Yarand arrested for planning mass shooting at mall

Matin Azizi-Yarand

A 17-year-old boy in Plano, Texas, has been arrested for allegedly plotting a mass shooting attack inspired by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria militant group at a shopping mall, law enforcement agencies said on Wednesday (May 2).

Frisco and Plano police departments worked with the FBI in investigating Azizi-Yarand, who is charged with making a terroristic threat and criminal solicitation o f capital murder.

Matin Azizi-Yarand, 17, was arrested at his high school in Plano, Texas, on Tuesday and charged with making a terroristic threat and criminal solicitation of capital murder of an officer.

A Texas teen is accused of trying to recruit others for an ISIS-inspired plot to commit a mass shooting at a local mall.

As mentioned, a manifesto developed by Yarand gave details about himself and the planned attack; in addition to allegedly pledging himself to ISIS, he reportedly also wrote a "Message to America" that supposedly listed his reasons for planning the attack.

Azizi-Yarand is said to have considered attacking a Hindu temple and even a school before settling on the Stonebriar Centre mall.

In later conversations, the teenager tried to get the Federal Bureau of Investigation source to purchase guns for the attack, with Azizi-Yarand funneling money to him through prepaid cards sent to a post office box. Azizi-Yarand said he learned the mall's layout and had been observing patrons and onsite security.

During one conversation, he stated: "I'd actually like to make a cop surrender and drop his gun // then douse him with gasoline and burn him // record it". He planned the attack for Ramadan to limit Muslim casualties, according to a probable cause affadavit obtained by the Dallas Morning News.

This case will be prosecuted by the Collin County District Attorney's Office.

Frisco police said that the "see something, say something" approach to stopping a murderous attack worked in this case. "The brothers in Europe and the brother in NY? Had no limitary training // it's not about numbers it's about getting a message across to these taghut countries // it's unsafe tho akhi we have to be careful some have gotten arrested // so we good brother?" He also wrote, "Yes, I want to put America in the state that Europe is in which is having to have soldiers deployed in the streets".

The case was investigated by the Plano and Frisco police departments and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. His bond has been set at a total of $3 million.

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