Coming on the heels of the Poway Synagogue shooting, law enforcement in Southern California worked quickly stop an LA terror plot.
On Friday, April 27, 2019, authorities arrested 26-year-old Mark Steven Domingo after he accepted delivery of explosives given by an undercover officer. The U.S. Army veteran was part of a terror plot in Los Angeles aimed at detonating a bomb at a white nationalist rally in Long Beach over the weekend.
What we know so far:
- Several types of LA terror plots were discussed between Domingo and the undercover office, including targeting Jews, churches, freeways and law enforcement
- The “back-up plan” to the LA terror plot included targeting a Saturday demonstration against the state’s sanctuary state law with planted IEDs (improvised explosive devices)
- A second phase of attacks included striking the Port of Long Beach, one of the biggest economic targets in the U.S.
- The criminal complaint against Domingo, which dates back to early March, contained a 30-page affidavit detailing his alleged plans to construct a bomb.
- The attacks were designed to be a retaliation against the New Zealand Christchurch mosque attack this year.
- Domingo is being charged with providing material support to terrorists and could serve up to 15 years in prison.
- Domingo served in Afghanistan
- He expressed support for Islamic State’s chief operative, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, for his “victory or martyrdom” stance