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Monday, February 3, 2014

Neighbours Arson Suspect Had a Ticket to Turkey

Posted by on Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 4:26 PM

On Saturday, February 1, when I reported the arrest of Musab Masmari, the suspect in the New Year's Eve arson at Neighbours nightclub, a few folks were curious about a particular detail: Masmari was reportedly enroute to SeaTac airport.

For example, commenter Phil M asked: "How did they know the suspect was headed to the airport? ...Why didn't they stop him when he left home if they knew where he was going?" Today the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office sheds some light.

"Investigators learned that Masmari had a one-way ticket to Turkey on 2-1-14," says a court record released today, which adds that "officers arrested Masmari as he was leaving his house, believed to be on his way to the airport." Among other details: "Passports from the US and Libya were found on his person."

The court has found probable cause, the prosecutors office says, but Masmari waived his court appearance today. He's expected to appear in court tomorrow afternoon for a bond hearing.


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Jerry M. Ander 1
Posted by Jerry M. Ander on February 3, 2014 at 4:33 PM · Report this
Dominic Holden 2
@1) Indeed. Fixed.
Posted by Dominic Holden on February 3, 2014 at 4:41 PM · Report this
Dom, you're news on CNN's front page for this area:…
Posted by Hanoumatoi on February 3, 2014 at 5:05 PM · Report this
TomJohnsonJr 4
@3, that is sweet!
Posted by TomJohnsonJr on February 3, 2014 at 5:06 PM · Report this
Any chance that the police were sitting on the wide release of the suspect's identity in order to watch him and see if he had accomplices?
Posted by xopherg on February 3, 2014 at 5:09 PM · Report this
fletc3her 7
@5 Of course they were. Billions of dollars of surveillance programs were aimed at dissecting every phone call, text, tweet, post, and email of every known associate out to the third degree of separation. There are terabytes of data about this guy. This will be hailed in years to come as a success for our anti-terrorism efforts. Unfortunately he's probably just a dick and not part of Al Qaeda on Capital Hill.
Posted by fletc3her on February 3, 2014 at 6:31 PM · Report this
You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me 8
Is "Al Qaeda on Capital Hill" considered to be "Core Al Qaeda" or just an "Al Qaeda Franchise?"
Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me on February 3, 2014 at 7:14 PM · Report this
undead ayn rand 9
@8: Fucking hipsters do like the keffiyeh.
Posted by undead ayn rand on February 3, 2014 at 7:39 PM · Report this
Get over it, already. The piece of shit is in custody with probably enough evidence to put him away for a long time.
Posted by longwayhome on February 3, 2014 at 8:07 PM · Report this
Where's the source document? When did investigators learn of his ticket to travel on February 1, and how did they learn of it? If they were investigating him on suspicion that he committed the arson, it seems reasonable for them to have received a warrant to snoop around in his business. Let's see the search warrant.

Realistically, I figure they just called up their Constitution-hating buddies at the NSA and had them pull up anything they had collected on him--all of it unlawfully, just like NSA are unlawfully collecting everything they can about everyone--and have been working on parallel construction to hide the source.
Posted by Phil M on February 3, 2014 at 11:44 PM · Report this
Turkey? Libya? I hear those are terrorist portions of the world.

This just in, his father once fixed a toilet for the 3rd wife of bin Laden's cousin.
Posted by Agrippa on February 4, 2014 at 4:56 AM · Report this
venomlash 14
@6: Just so you know, Turkey is probably the most secular state in the Middle East. They actually ban civil servants from wearing religious garb or headgear of any kind, so as to keep fundamentalists out of government!
Of course, people trying to pin this arson on Islam shouldn't be expected to know what they're talking about...
Posted by venomlash on February 4, 2014 at 9:44 AM · Report this

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