The facts about a troubling incident in Minnesota last week are finally coming to the surface. According to new reports, two brothers were arrested on May 11 for harboring a veritable arsenal of guns, bomb-making devices, lots of ammunition and even a hand-grenade in their SUV. Their names are Abdullah N. Alrifahe, 27, and Majid Alrifahe, 26, and the way they were caught was through a simple complaint about littering.
Walking through a refuse-filled area of Minneapolis, near the intersection of North 44th Avenue and Humboldt Avenue North on the evening of May 11, a concerned citizen decided to do something about the trash problem when he saw two men parked in an SUV throw food wrappers out of their vehicle and onto the ground. He approached the vehicle and asked the men to clean up their trash, but they began arguing with him, so he took down the vehicle’s license plate number and called 911 when the men got out of the car, warning that they were armed.
Police arrived and searched the SUV, and what they found was shocking.
“My guardian angels steered me in that direction, and it just mushroomed from there,” the man said, adding that the violent behavior from the men was alarming. “It caused me to be on alert. What’s really going on here?”
In addition to the weapons, police also discovered “cellphones, computers and electronics equipment, including drone parts, which the bomb squad determined could be used to build a bomb,” according to court documents.
“The more police showed up — and there were quite a few who showed up — the more it started to overwhelm me with the question of what’s really going on here,” the man said. Police flagged the arrests for review by the Department of Homeland Security.
Abdullah Alrifahe, is now facing a felony charge for carrying a pistol in public without a permit, which is the same offense he was convicted of in December.
Majid Alrifahe was charged with assault and disorderly conduct, but he has since been released from jail. Reporters’ attempts to locate him at the address he gave police were unsuccessful. Federal officials would not provide any additional information.
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