Federal officials announced today that a terror plot has been uncovered, and the would-be terrorist arrested.
US Army veteran, Mark Domingo, 26, was arrested by investigators Friday after he attempted to buy a bogus explosive device from an undercover officer. The Los Angeles Times first reported the incident, citing an affidavit filed by FBI agent Tasha Coolidge.
Domingo, a resident of Reseda, planned to bomb a Neo-Nazi rally that was supposed to be held at Bluff Park, a neighborhood in Long Beach, on Sunday.
The affidavit said Domingo considered targeting Jews, churches and police officers, but settled on attacking the white supremacist rally this weekend in Long Beach. He allegedly planned the attack as revenge for the March 15 shooting at a New Zealand mosque that left 49 Muslim worshippers dead.
According to the affidavit, Domingo bought nails for shrapnel and asked someone the undercover agent to help him find a bomb maker to finish the job. Authorities arrested him when he accepted the fake device from the agent.
“Domingo said he specifically bought 3-inch nails because they would be long enough to penetrate the human body and puncture internal organs,” the affidavit said.
Domingo was arrested on a charge of providing material support to terrorists. According to the investigation, he had been planning the attack since March, and intended to “manufacture and use a weapon of mass destruction in order to commit mass murder.”
Domingo was scheduled to appear in federal court today.