May 26, 2017
Did Prosecutors Go Easy On Minnesota Brothers After Police Find Bomb-Making Materials And Guns In Their Car?

Minnesota brothers Abdullah Alrifahe and Majid Alrifahe were arrested after police officers allegedly found bomb-making materials, guns, and ammunition inside the car they were in that was parked outside of a senior housing complex in Minneapolis.

The citizenship status of the two Minnesota brothers remains unclear. Law enforcement officers found a drone, grenade, a loaded AK-47, handgun, various ammunition, and bomb-making materials.

The citizen who reported the Alrifahe brothers is infuriated they have not been charged with serious offenses. Abullah Alrifahe, 27, is facing only a single felony weapons charge. He is being held at the Hennepin County Jail on $200,000 bail.

Majid Alrifahe, 26, had only misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges levied against him and had already been released from a Minnesota county jail. Both the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are now involved in the investigation of the two Minnesota brothers, WCCO-TV reported.

The Minneapolis man who called 911 about the suspicious car said he approached the brothers when he spotted them sitting in their vehicle and littering outside of a senior citizen housing project. The man told the law enforcement officers the Alrifahe brothers moved towards him in an aggressive manner after jumping out of their parked car.

"For what they found in their car, that is way too light," the man, who alerted the police to possible terror suspects told local reporters. The Minnesota citizen asked for his name to be withheld for safety and security reasons.

The unidentified man said he was walking past the SUV the Minnesota brothers were in when it was parked at the intersection of North 44th Avenue and Humboldt Avenue North on May 11, ABC News 5 reported. The man said he just happened to notice when the Alrifahe brothers threw food wrappers out of the windows of the vehicle.

Why the Muslim men were eating in their parked SUV outside of the government-subsidized senior citizens housing project remains entirely unclear.

"My guardian angels steered me in that direction, and it just mushroomed from there," the man who called the police after noticing the weapons and ammunition added.

He wrote down the license plate number of the vehicle and called 911 because the men he argued with about picking up the trash also allegedly told him they were packing handguns when they jumped out of the SUV.

"It caused me to be on alert," the man continued. "What's really going on here?"

He said he became overwhelmed when more and more police officers showed up at the scene and bombarded him with questions about the men he saw throwing trash outside of their parked car.

Court documents in the Minnesota brothers case revealed Minneapolis police officers also found cell phones, computers, electronics equipment and drone parts that bomb squad technicians say could be used to build an explosive device, PowerLine reported.

This is the second time Abdullah Alrifahe has been charged with a felony count of carrying a handgun in public without a permit. He also had the same charged levied against him last December. PJ Media reported that the elder Alrifahe brother was only recently released from jail after doing time on the earlier charge.

The Minneapolis Police Department is facing severe backlash over the charges many social media posters and local residents feel were far too light.

Joe Tamburino, a defense attorney not connected to the case of the Minnesota brothers, is defending the actions of the Minneapolis prosecutors and the criminal charges currently levied against Abdullah Alrifahe and Majid Alrifahe.

"These people have been charged with what the prosecutors can do right now," Tamburino said, adding that additional charges can always be filed in connection to the alleged crime later on.

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