HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) – The Huntsville Police Department and FBI have arrested a man on terrorism charges.
Aziz Sayyed, 22, was arrested at the intersection of Church Street and Clinton Avenue Thursday afternoon. The arrest was announced in a joint press conference later that afternoon.
Sayyed faces a state charge of soliciting or providing support for an act of terrorism. Madison County Jail records show is being held without bond.
Agents could not go into details of the allegations but said the threat included the Huntsville and Madison County area, including Redstone Arsenal. [From Wikipedia]
“We do not discuss the installation’s security conditions. We always appreciate the close work and cooperation within our law enforcement community which keeps Team Redstone safe and secure each and every day,” said Chris Colster, U.S. Army Garrison, Redstone Arsenal spokesman.
Agents said there is no standing threat.
Roger Stanton, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Birmingham Division, said this has been a joint investigation. That investigation is ongoing.
Police confirmed the investigation is connected to an apartment at Twickenham Village Apartments on Galaxy Way. Police say this is where Sayyed was allegedly staying. They executed a search warrant at the apartment on Thursday.
No further information was released.
“It’s scary not knowing who you live right next door to. You never know their back story or what they’re capable of,” said Jeffrey Alarcon, Neighbor.
Jeffrey Alarcon lives in the apartment complex right next to Twickenham. He says when he saw federal agents on the scene, he suspected drugs, not a terrorism investigation.
“I’m just glad they got them before they were trying to mix some explosives or something and something go horribly wrong and blown up both apartment complexes,” said Alarcon.
The FBI and Huntsville police investigation started with a tip from a citizen, something Huntsville Police Department Chief Mark McMurray says is essential in the fight against terrorism.
“The best community policing you can get in an area like North Alabama, Madison County is if you see something, you need to tell us. You need to say something,” said Chief McMurray
The charge against Aziz Sayed is a state charge. He is in the Madison County Jail.
Sayyed faces state charges, with no federal charges at this time. He’s specifically being charged under state code 13A-10-153, which defines the crime as:
(a)(1) A person commits soliciting or providing support for an act of terrorism in the second degree when, with intent that material support or resources will be used, in whole or in part, to plan, prepare, carry out, or aid in either an act of terrorism or the concealment of, or an escape from, an act of terrorism, he or she raises, solicits, collects, or provides material support or resources.
(2) Soliciting or providing support for an act of terrorism in the second degree is a Class C felony.
(b)(1) A person commits soliciting or providing support for an act of terrorism in the first degree when he or she commits the crime of soliciting or providing support for an act of terrorism in the second degree and the total value of material support or resources exceeds one thousand dollars ($1,000).
(2) Soliciting or providing support for an act of terrorism in the first degree is a Class B felony.
The prosecutor who announced the charges, Tim Gann of the Madison County District Attorney’s Office, did not specify which degree of offense Sayyed has been arrested for at this time.