"According to the complaint, these three defendants conspired to conduct a bombing attack against an apartment complex occupied by men, women and children in the Garden City, Kansas community", said John P. Carlin, Assistant Attorney General for National Security.
The Garden City Police held a meeting with members from the community to discuss how to move forward after the three men were arrested and charged for planning a domestic terrorist attack. The investigation that led to foiling the plot went on for eight months, taking the investigators "into a deep culture of hatred and violence".
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://j.mp/2esEnJa) Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Saturday called the plot "highly disturbing" and "an affront to all Americans".
The defendants were "planning to take imminent actions", said Jackson, the Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent in charge. "Everyone in our state, and in the country, owes much to the men and women of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and police who protect us". If convicted, they can face life in prison. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tony Mattivi for the District of Kansas and Counterterrorism Section Trial Attorney David Cora are prosecuting this case.
The suspects planned to detonate truck bombs around a small apartment complex where about 120 Somali residents live, according to the complaint.
Dalma Ali Warsame, a 34-year-old Somalian, said Somalia had no government "and no safety", which was why he came to the U.S. Now he has a wife and two daughters, ages 1 and 3, who are frightened, as is he. He says the alleged plot has left his family afraid.
'The only answer I can give you about why this happened is that they wanted to attack your religious beliefs, ' Police Chief Michael Utz said.
Garden City Mayor Chris Law said in a statement that he was shocked by the planned attack, adding, "Today should also serve as a reminder that vigilance should be a common practice by all citizens". The alleged plan was to carry out the attack the day after Election Day, according to Beall. The men have been identified as Curtis Allen, 49, Gavin Wright, 49, and Patrick Stein, 47, and are part of a White militia group called the "Crusaders".
The complaint alleges group members chose the target based on their hatred for Muslims, people of Somali descent and immigrants - and out of a desire to inspire other militia groups and "wake people up". Their first court appearance is Monday.
This Friday, Oct. 14, 2016 booking photo provided by the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office in Wichita, Kan., shows Patrick Eugene Stein.
One of the men said that the bombing "would quote, 'wake people up, '" Beall said.
On Oct.12, Stein met with an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation employee in rural Finney County, Kansas, where they test-fired automatic weapons.
Curtis Allen, Gavin Wright, and Patrick Eugene Stein were arrested Friday morning after an eight-month investigation by the FBI, the DOJ said in a news release.