Abdullatif Aldosary, Alleged Casa Grande Bomber, Now a Murder Suspect?
Orlando Requena, 26, was working the overnight shift at Arizona Grain in Maricopa on November 27 when a man in a ski mask approached him about 2:30 a.m. and shot him dead.
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A week later, authorities raided the Coolidge home of Aldosary and arrested him for allegedly detonating an explosive device outside the Casa Grande Social Security Administration office a few days earlier, on November 30. No one was injured in the explosion, but debris landed more than 100 feet away from the spot of the detonation, and Aldosary even lit his own car on fire in the blast and drove off with his car ablaze, according to the federal complaint.
A source speaking on the condition of anonymity tells New Times that Aldosary -- who had a temporary job at Arizona Grain prior to the shooting -- would be charged with murdering Requena.
Jim Knupp, the spokesman for the Pinal County Attorney's Office, didn't confirm or deny the claim, but sent over the following statement that certainly seems to add credence to it:
We have no update at this time. Pinal County Attorney Voyles continues working this case actively and cooperatively with federal authorities and the police department. Federal authorities have a trial set with him later this spring/summer. Once their business is concluded, we expect to take appropriate action promptly. The Pinal County Attorney's Office remains in contact with Mr. Requena's family and is making certain they know our intentions to obtain justice for their family.
A spokesman for the Maricopa Police Department referred us back to the County Attorney's Office when we asked about it, and said he wouldn't comment on the case.
If anything, the apparent murder implication makes accusations of terrorism against Aldosary a little weaker.
Although the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force investigated the bombing of a federal building, there has been no indication from the feds that this was an act of terrorism.
However, it wasn't long before Republican Congressman Paul Gosar was asking why a "known terrorist" was allowed to live in his district, despite the fact that Gosar's staff attempted to help Aldosary obtain a green card the year prior.
Aldosary was not actually a "known terrorist," but his application had been denied because, according to legislation passed by Congress, Aldosary had "engaged in terrorism activity."