Police say a 21-year-old student in Staten Island, New York, planned a terrorist attack on Times Square and may be responsible for the stabbing of 9-year-old Jermaine Culver. The boy was stabbed in the neck with a knife as he walked to school on January 9, 2015. The boy was able to survive his injuries, but moved to Atlanta with his grandmother after he was too afraid to remain in New York following the horrifying attack. Now police say student Fareed Mumuni may have stabbed the child in a botched “ISIS audition.” Mumuni has been accused of providing material support to the ISIS terrorist group and lived just 600 yards away from Culver at the time of the stabbing.
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The Daily Mail reports that police now believe that 9-year-old Jermaine Culver was stabbed in the neck as part of an “ISIS audition.” ISIS sympathizer Fareed Mumuni is believed by New York police officers to have stabbed the boy in a bid to impress the terrorist group. However, the child was able to get away and did not die from his injuries. NYPD working on the Culver stabbing case say their investigation into Mumuni has been hampered by the FBI. According to sources speaking with the New York Post, the FBI is refusing to allow the NYPD access to suspected terrorist Mumuni, which has caused the department strife in attempting to solve the case. The police say that the man in the surveillance video which captured the stabbing of Jermaine Culver fits the description of Mumuni and that the suspected terrorist lived just 600 yards from the child. Police say they believe they now have a motive in the strange case, but that Mumuni is just listed as a “person of interest” until they can speak with the potential suspect in person. The motive for the stabbing of the child is related to terrorism, as the NYPD believe that Mumuni was attempting to kill the child as part of a twisted “ISIS audition.”
“If you look at the video, it looks like he was trying to slit his throat. [He has a physical] similarity to the description in the video, he lived three blocks away, and he likes to play with knives and attempted to stab a federal agent.”
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Mumuni has other links to the terrorist group as the FBI arrested the student on terrorist charges and is facing 85 years in prison for his crimes. During his arrest, an FBI agent was stabbed numerous times with a kitchen knife as the agency served a search warrant on Mumuni’s home. In addition to stabbing the FBI agent, the student is also accused of attempting to grab another agent’s rifle during the altercation. The arrests came following allegations that Mumuni was planning a terrorist attack on Times Square by planting a pressure cooker bomb in the city in the name of ISIS.
“According to the indictment, Munther Omar Saleh and Fareed Mumuni conspired to provide material support to ISIL and devised a plan to conduct an attack in New York. During his arrest, Mumuni stabbed an FBI agent numerous times, but thankfully the agent’s body armor protected him from the defendant’s attack and the defendant was safely apprehended by law enforcement.”
Meanwhile, Jermaine Culver has moved to Atlanta after recovering from his injuries. The child could no longer live in New York, as he was too fearful of ever stepping foot in the streets again after the brutal attack.
[Image via NYPD Surveillance Video via Daily Mail]