Mark Steven Domingo, 26, of Reseda, California said: “America needs another Vegas event” when he was discussing mass murder in the name of ISIS. He ultimately wanted retribution for the Mosque attack in New Zealand.
The Muslim former U.S. Army infantryman faces federal charges in a terror plot that would have resulted in mass casualties. Domingo was looking at several locations in the Southern California area where he could commit mass murder. He looked at bombing the Santa Monica Pier. To test police response time, Domingo considered murdering his neighbor. Bloodthirsty doesn’t even begin to describe this ISIS wannabe. He expressed a desire to carry out jihad and “martyrdom, bro”. From the 30-page affidavit (see below), Domingo was very serious about carrying out his plan to cause mass casualties:
“Domingo said the Santa Monica Pier would provide a better space for an attack, particularly during the summer when it was crowded, because it was a more enclosed space and people would not be able to escape from a blast.
“Domingo said that detonating an IED with a timer on the Santa Monica Pier would cause a lot of casualties.”
Domingo has been charged with “providing and attempting to provide material support to terrorists” according to the criminal complaint.
According to a 30-page affidavit, he “planned and took steps to manufacture and use a weapon of mass destruction in order to commit mass murder.” Domingo expressed support for violent jihad, a desire to seek retribution for attacks against Muslims, and a willingness to become a martyr. After considering various attacks – including targeting Jews, churches, and police officers – Domingo decided to detonate an IED at a rally scheduled to take place in Long Beach this past weekend. As part of the plot, Domingo asked his confederate – who actually was cooperating with the FBI as part of the investigation – to find a bomb-maker, and Domingo last week purchased several hundred nails to be used as shrapnel inside the IED.
“Domingo said he specifically bought three-inch nails because they would be long enough to penetrate the human body and puncture internal organs.”
FOX Atlanta reports:
After Domingo provided the nails to the undercover operative for use in the construction of the bomb, Domingo sent a message on Thursday indicating that the operation was to proceed, according to the affidavit. On Friday evening, the undercover operative delivered multiple inert devices, which Domingo believed were weapons of mass destruction. After inspecting the devices and traveling to a park in Long Beach to surveil the location of the planned attack, Domingo was taken into custody.
According to the criminal complaint, Domingo posted an online video professing his Muslim faith on March 2, and the next day made another posting in which he said “America needs another vegas event” (referring to the October 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada) that would give “them a taste of the terror they gladly spread all over the world.” Following an attack on a mosque in New Zealand on March 13, Domingo posted, “there must be retribution.”
“Domingo discussed with the CHS different targets for an attack, including Jews, police officers, churches, and a military facility.”
“Domingo expressed a desire to show allegiance to ISIS.”
If convicted of the charge of providing and attempting to provide material support to terrorists, Domingo would face a statutory maximum sentence of 15 years in federal prison.