A 24-year-old longtime friend and former neighbor of the San Bernardino shooter has been arrested in Riverside, California.
Enrique Marquez is accused of providing material support to terrorists, illegally purchasing firearms and immigration fraud, the Justice Department announced Thursday.
Hours after the deadly shooting that resulted in 14 dead and 22 injured, Marquez, who was apparently contemplating suicide at the time, called 911 and readily admitted to the dispatcher that the guns used in the shooting, which is now being investigated as an act of terrorism, belonged to Marquez.
“The fucking assholes used my gun in the shooting,” an emotionally distraught Marquez told the 911 dispatcher, adding, “They can trace all the guns back to me.”
Marquez originally said he had given the guns – a Smith & Wesson M&P-15, a DPMS model A-15 rifle, and two 9mm semi-automatic handguns – to Syed Rizwan Farook for “safe storage,” but investigators later learned that Marquez bought the guns specifically for Farook, for terror plots back in 2011 and 2012 that were not carried out.
According to an affidavit, Marquez agreed to purchase the guns because “his appearance was Caucasian, while Farook looked Middle-Eastern.” Marquez also bought smokeless powder used to make pipe bombs.
Marquez, who authorities say is fully cooperating with the investigation and has provided information surrounding the case not previously known, met Farook in 2005 and, under Farook’s coercion, converted to Islam two years later. Soon thereafter, Farook introduced Marquez to a radical form of the religion and in the years that followed Marquez –…