A California veteran believes he was the victim of a terrorist attack, after a man deliberately rammed into him at a high speed and then told police he did so in the name of Allah, KMPH (Fresno) is reporting.
Scott Alcala had served oversees in the War on Terror and is now back in the U.S., and the attack against him, as well as other terror attacks in the U.S. in recent months, makes him believe he’s back in a war zone again.
Last week, Alcala was driving to San Jose to play golf with his dad when another driver deliberately swerved into him.
“I saw the suburban coming right at me about to T-bone right into the driver door and I thought that was it. A second later I turned my head and just smashed into the barrier.”
Alcala lost control of his vehicle and swerved into oncoming traffic; fortunately no other vehicles were involved in the crash. Even more fortunately, Alcala and the other driver both emerged from their vehicles without any injuries. The other drive, says Alcala, seemed completely unfazed by just having caused a major car crash, and “nonchalantly” grabbed a water bottle.
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More fortunately still, an off-duty police officer happened to be nearby, and he tried to help sort things out. When the cop, whose identity hasn’t been released, went to talk to the other driver, he allegedly had a pretty strange response.
“The off-duty police officer went to talk to the other driver in his vehicle and he said, ‘Are you alright? That was way too fast,’ and (the driver) said ‘I didn’t it on purpose. It was in the name of Allah.'”
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The other driver, identified as Ameer Abbaf Fakhraldin, also went on to say some other, even stranger things, according to a police report obtained by KMPH. He told authorities he believed he was traveling as much as 200 mph (a speed that is impossible for the vast majorities of cars on the road in the U.S. to achieve), and that he used his “psychic/telekenitic powers” to control the vehicle. And, he said, the wreck was caused by Donald Trump’s “improper treatment of minorities” and other peoples’ lack of faith in Allah (the god of Islam). The police report described Fakhraldin as “apathetic” and not showing any interest in the wreck.
As of this writing, police haven’t officially deemed the wreck a terrorist attack.
In fact, what actually constitutes a terrorist attack depends largely on whom you ask. By some definitions, even dressing in offensive clothing or costumes can be an act of terrorism, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center; so wearing a KKK robe, for example, or wearing a gorilla mask to a Black Lives Matter protest, can be considered an act of terrorism.
And even though the alleged perpetrator in this case mentioned Allah, he also mentioned psychic and telekinetic powers. So in this particular case this crime may be as much about someone being off their meds than an act of terrorism.
Semantics aside, Scott Alcala definitely believes he was a victim of terrorism.
“He was just trying to target as many people as he could. He was just trying to cause a pile up. It wasn’t me personally. It was as if someone were to throw a bomb in the middle of downtown, its no different, it’s the same thinking.”
As of this writing, it is unclear what criminal charges, if any, Ameer Abbaf Fakhraldin is facing.
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