Erwin Antonio Rios is apparently a convert to Islam. He seems to have attended a mosque in Raeford, North Carolina. They, of course, will say that they never knew him, that he never went there, or that if he did, he never gave any hint of his “extremist” beliefs, or that they tried to talk him out of those beliefs but he wouldn’t be dissuaded.
But how did this convert to Islam get the idea that Islam gave him the responsibility to murder Infidels? Was he “self-radicalized” on the Internet? Or did the Raeford mosque have some hand in his “radicalization”? The problem with these questions about “radicalization” is that they ignore the fact that the Qur’an contains numerous exhortations to fight against and kill Infidels (2:191; 4:89; 8:39; 8:60; 9:5; 9:29; 47:4, etc.), so that anyplace where the Qur’an is taught fully and in accord with mainstream Islamic tradition, any Muslim believer could end up getting “radicalized.” What program does the Raeford mosque have to prevent this from happening? In fact, no mosque has any such program. And law enforcement and government officials don’t seem to notice or care, or to realize the implications of that.
Members of the FBI thwarted a Fayetteville teenager’s plan to rob and kill people who did not share his Islamic beliefs, according to documents.
Erwin Antonio Rios, 19, of the 1200 block of Oak Knolls Drive, allegedly planned to obtain a gun illegally and take part in a local religious jihad against non-believers, or kuffar, and members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Rios met with an FBI informant over several months and detailed his attacks. They included robbing armored vehicles, killing guards protecting them, and luring police to a home and setting off bombs, documents say.
Rios adhered to the ideology of radical Islamic extremism groups, according to court documents. Those groups believe violence is religiously justified.
Rios told an FBI informant he wanted to be a soldier for Allah, according to an affidavit signed Feb. 7 by Special Agent Frank Brostrom.
Rios started talking to the informant June 27, after meeting at an Islamic house of worship in Raeford.
Part of his planned attacks included staging a robbery of an armored vehicle and shooting two of the guards in the face, the documents say.
Another attack would have involved police, according to records. Rios said he wanted to make bombs and plant them in a house.
After doing so, Rios said he would call police about a crime in progress at the home and then trigger the explosives when police arrived.
Other planned attacks were smaller robberies and murders. Money made from those incidents would go toward purchasing weapons and planning larger attacks, the documents say.
During subsequent meetings with the informant, the two discussed how to get Rios access to a weapon.
The teenager told the informant he did not think he could legally obtain one because of his criminal history.
He had been convicted in January 2010 on several charges, including breaking and entering, breaking and entering a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen firearm, according to court records.
On Tuesday, Rios pleaded guilty to possession of a stolen firearm in U.S. District Court in Greenville, U.S. Attorney Thomas Walker said in a news release.
That gun, a 9 mm Beretta pistol, was sold to Rios for $100 on Feb. 7 by a second FBI informant in Lillington.
Before agreeing to purchase the weapon, Rios told the first informant he was worried the seller might be a member of law enforcement and the sale was entrapment.
But he bought it anyway.
FBI officials removed the gun’s firing pin, making the weapon inoperable, according to court documents.
In one of the multiple meetings between Rios and the first informant, Rios said he had found someone who would sell him two AK-47s and a handgun for between $350 and $500, according to records.