Father of suspect arrested at NM compound sheds light on son's past | KOB 4

Father of suspect arrested at NM compound sheds light on son's past

Chris Ramirez
August 09, 2018 06:27 AM

TAOS, N.M. – The father of one of the suspects who was arrested after a raid on a northern New Mexico compound revealed what may have attracted them to the state.


Gerard Jabril Abdulwali said he hasn’t communicated with his son, Lucas Morton, since December, but he says Morton and his companion were looking to get away from the traditional American life.

“All they wanted to do was get out of society, get away, homestead and build a peaceful life,” said Abdulwali.

While law enforcement believes the arsenal of weapons, found on the compound, was used for school shooting training, Morton's father believes there is another explanation.

“Weapons are not legal in some places, they are used for protection and when you are traveling with women and children, you need to protect yourself,” he said.

KOB 4 has also learned more about the other suspects. Siraj ibn Wahhaj lived in Brooklyn, New York in 2006. He was part of a lawsuit, which alleged a border protection officer at JFK airport illegally stopped him after he arrived from Morocco.

As far as the three women who were arrested, Taos Muslim leader Latifa Weinman met with them in jail Tuesday.

She said they had one request.

“They wanted Korans. It's like somebody asking for the Bible,” Weinman said.


Chris Ramirez

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