What was this Muslim, former member of the U.S. military, planning to do with the fake military id’s?
A Fort Worth man was in custody Tuesday after authorities say counterfeit military identification documents were found in his wrecked vehicle behind a Hurst shopping center.
Two weapons and an air rifle also were found in the Chevrolet Silverado.
The discovery of the documents and weapons prompted authorities to evacuate the shopping center on Grapevine Highway for several hours Tuesday morning.
Initially, authorities believed the military documents were real, prompting authorities to summon an explosives team and a bomb-sniffing dog to inspect the vehicle. No explosive devices were found.
Hurst police identified the suspect as Azeez A. Al-Ghaziani, 29. He was in the Hurst City Jail Tuesday afternoon.
Al-Ghaziani is expected to be charged with tampering with government records, said Hurst police Lt. Mark Schwobel.
“A charge relating to altering pubic documents is one that may be prosecuted on behalf of the state or federally (concurrent jurisdiction) and those decisions are typically made on a case-by-case basis,” said Katherine Chaumont, spokeswoman with the FBI’s Dallas field office. “If a federal nexus is determined based on any subsequent information that is collected, those facts can then be presented to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.”
He was also arrested for drunk driving a few weeks ago.