(MOBILE, Ala.) - According to jail records, Mobile-native and accused terror suspect Randy “Rasheed” Wilson Jr. is back in the Port City, but this time he’s behind bars.
Wilson was arrested by FBI agents at an Augusta, Georgia bus terminal. According to a federal affidavit filed Monday, Wilson planned on traveling overseas to become a jihad fighter, or mujahideen, and even considered a deadly hostage attack on American soil.
“This should be a warning to all those who would engage in violent jihad, either at home or abroad,” U.S. Attorney Kenyen R. Brown said in Mobile Wednesday. “Their future is bleak. Most of them will end up in a prison cell, or as a casualty on a foreign battlefield.”
According to the affidavit, Wilson linked up with Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair, an American-born terrorist suspect who was deported back to the United States in 2011. For about a year and a half, they devised a plan to travel to Mauritania which they believed would put them “in close proximity to a jihadi conflict.”
The affidavit says Wilson was once roommates with Daphne-raised Omar Hammami, one of the FBI’s Most Wanted terrorists and a leader in Al-Qaeda linked Somali fighter group Al-Shabaab. Wilson apparently considered crossing into Somalia and joining Al-Shabaab.
Neighbors told Local 15 Wilson seemed to be a "very nice guy" and "in no way, shape or form, apparently violent." But one neighbor said Wilson never seemed to have a permanent job, and would often have yard sales with "huge boxes of Sears items that he said had been returned."