Criminal charges to be brought against Enrique Marquez, friend of San Bernardino terrorists

Criminal charges to be brought against Enrique Marquez, friend of San Bernardino terrorists

Federal prosecutors will bring criminal charges against the friend and neighbor of one of Islamic terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook.

According to NBC News, investigators say that Enrique Marquez, 24, bought the two assault rifles — a .223-caliber DPMS model AR-15 and Smith & Wesson M&P15 — that were used in the shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino that left 14 dead and 21 injured.

Marquez is reported to have told officials that he purchased the weapons as a favor to Farook, who would be spared having to go through a background check or be on record as the buyer.

Authorities say Marquez has told the FBI that he and Farook talked about conducting some kind of attack in 2010 but called it off after unrelated terrorism arrests in southern California.

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On Wednesday, FBI Director James Comey said agents have found no connection between Farook and the people arrested back then.

Authorities say charges could come as early as today.

New York’s Daily News adds that Marquez checked himself into a mental hospital shortly after the Dec. 2 slaughter.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."

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