Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Pentagon Bomb Threat Suspect Linked To Marine Corps Museum, Recruiting Station Shootings

The guy behind the bomb scare last Friday at the Pentagon has allegedly been linked to shootings this past fall at the Marine Corps Museum and a Chantilly, VA Marine Corps recruiting station (WTOP).
Forensic evidence has linked Yonathan Melaku to five shootings of military recruiting centers and the Pentagon in October.

Melaku, 22, was detained Friday after he was found outside Arlington National Cemetery. Melaku claimed he had ammonium nitrate with him in his backpack and that he had left material at the Pentagon.

A law enforcement source tells WTOP approximately 20 nine-millimeter shell casings were found in Melaku's car. FBI tested the casings and notified other agencies about a connection between Melaku and two of the October shooting.

When contacted by WTOP, the FBI had no comment and said the investigation is ongoing.

Four targets were shot at last fall, including the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle twice, along with a Coast Guard recruiting station at the Potomac Mills mall, a Marine Corps recruitment center in Chantilly and the Pentagon.

No one was hurt in the October shootings.

Melaku, a naturalized citizen originally from Ethiopia, has not been charged with any crimes and officials say he acted alone. He is being held in U.S. Park Police custody.

Melaku was arrested last month by Leesburg Police in connection with incidents of auto tampering and charged with four counts of grand larceny.

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