LIVINGSTON COUNTY – According to law enforcement records, a man who stands accused of recruiting for ISIS from his Mojoe’s Chicken and Pizza shop on Clinton Avenue in Rochester and purchasing illegal firearms from FBI informants intending to kill American soldiers returning from overseas, is being held at the Livingston County Jail in Geneseo after a 5-month stay at the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia.
According to news partner 13WHAM, Mufid Elfgeeh, 31, was arrested by the Joint Terrorism Task Force in May the Hudson Avenue Wal-Mart parking lot after investigators said he bought two unregistered firearms equipped with illegal silencers. Investigators added that those guns were “rendered inoperable” prior to purchase.
“Mr. Elfgeeh expressed on numerous occasions his interest in killing American service men as they’re returning from the war zones,” said U.S. Attorney William Hochul. “He also spoke about hurting members of the Shi’a Muslim community here in Rochester.”
According to Elfgeeh’s social media activity and affidavit, he planned to use the weapons to kill multiple people.
“I’m thinking (sic) about just go buy a big automatic gun from off the street,” said Elfgeeh, “and just put on a vest or whatever and just go around and start shooting.”
It was statements like this and the purchase of the two firearms, two silencers and ammunition that led to Elfgeeh’s arrest. For about $1,000, Elfgeeh purchased those weapons from an FBI informant in the Walmart parking lot off Hudson Avenue Saturday.
“It becomes more serious when you have statements like the statements that Mr. Elfgeeh was making that are taken together with action,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Brett Harvey said. “We have both of those things in this case, and that’s when it gets to the point we bring in the federal justice system.” Charged with two counts of receiving and possessing an unregistered firearm silencer, Elfgeeh is facing up to 20 years in jail and/or a $250,000 fine.
PHOTO CAPTION: Mufid Elfgeeh. (Photo/Mobile Patrol)