Another seemingly brazen act of terror, this time in America’s heartland, has authorities looking closely at the background of the man accused of beheading a coworker. Witnesses say that the man had recently attempted to convert others in the warehouse to Islam, and had screamed Islamic phrases as he committed the gruesome crime.
Alton Alexander Nolen, or Jah’Keem Yisrael as he was known on his Facebook page, is the 30-year-old Muslim convert who brutally attacked two co-workers, beheading one and stabbing another, after being fired from his job at Vaughan Foods in Moore, Oklahoma last Thursday.
Nolen’s mother and several other close sources describe him as a kind and non-violent man. They claim that the man accused of beheading his coworker last week was not the Alton that they knew. This as the mainstream media continues to report the incident as “workplace violence.”
“He comes from good Christian people,” said Randy Watkins, who lives in the same neighborhood as Nolen’s mother. “He had a strong, Baptist upbringing.”
Despite strong evidence that shows a progressive conversion to radical Islam through aggressive posts on Nolen’s Facebook page, mainstream media continue to assert that the suspect’s behavior was not an act of terror, which is eerily reminiscent of their stance on the 2009 Fort Hood shooting.
Sources say that Nolen began attending worship services this May at the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City. This is the same Mosque that Breitbart News reported that Imam Suhaib Webb, who had ties to al-Qaeda mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki, used to attend. Al-Awlaki, an American citizen who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen, also had ties to Fort Hood shooter Major Nadal Hassan.
Saad Mohammad, the Director of Islamic Information at the mosque, who apparently did not see Nolen’s now removed social media profile, said that the suspect often kept to himself but exemplified unusual behavior.
“He attended mosque a few times. We’ve seen him. He was always a very odd and quiet, different individual, but he didn’t do anything that raised a red flag about what his inner thoughts were.” he said.
On Sunday night, Nolen’s mother apologized to the victims’ families in a Facebook video, in which she declared that “justice will prevail” because “there are two sides to every story.”
Meanwhile, another Oklahoma man was arrested one day after the incident at Vaughan’s factory for allegedly threatening a female co-worker that he would behead her and that he was a part of the Islamic State terror group, known as ISIS.
The suspect, 30-year-old Jacob Muriithi, noticed one of his co-workers was wearing the star of David around her neck. He asked her if she was Jewish and after she told him that she wasn’t, he reportedly told her that he “represented ISIS” and that they murder Christian’s because, “That’s what we do.”
Muriithi later told law enforcement that he was only joking, but was later arrested on a “terrorism complaint.” He is now being held on a one million dollar bond.
MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry has downplayed the event, citing the Moore beheading as nothing more than a case of “workplace violence,” even as the facts continue to come in. This sentiment is echoed loudly through most mainstream media outlets, who seem quick to adopt the narrative, much as they did back in 2009 with Hassan.
The FBI has taken over the investigation and, as of now, is reportedly investigating the crime as a murder.
Breitbart is on location in Moore, and will continue to monitor the situation closely.