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Melaku Complaint Affidavit

Melaku Complaint Affidavit

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INTHEUNITEDSTATESDISTRICTCOURTFORTHEEASTERNDISTRICTOFVIRGINIAAlexandriaDivisionUNITEDSTATESOFAMERICADefendant.
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CaseNo.1:11MJ479.YONATHANMELAKU,
AFFIDAVITINSUPPORTOFCRIMINALCOMPLAINT
I,KelleyA.Clark,afterbeingdulysworn,deposeandstateasfollows:A.
INTRODUCTION
1.IamaSpecialAgentwiththeFederalBureauofInvestigation("FBI"),WashingtonFieldOffice,inWashington,D.C.IamassignedtoaCounterterrorismsquadwhichinvestigatescrimesinvolvingnationalsecurityandterrorismwithintheUnitedStates.IhavebeenanFBISpecialAgentsinceOctober2009,andreceivedtrainingattheFBIAcademy,Quantico,VirginiainbothcriminalandCounterterrorismmatters.PriorlawenforcementexperienceincludesapproximatelyoneyearwiththeSanDiegoPoliceDepartment.Iamtheleadinvestigatorinthiscase,whichisbeinghandledbytheJointTerrorismTaskForce("JTTF")andlocallawenforcement.2.ThisaffidavitissubmittedinsupportofacriminalcomplaintchargingYONATHANMELAKUwithtwocountsofwillfullyinjuringthepropertyoftheUnitedStatesbyshootingwithafirearmattwoseparategovernmentbuildingsandcausingdamageinexcessof$1,000toeach,inviolationofTitle18,UnitedStatesCode,Section1361;andtwocountsofknowinglyusingandcarryinganddischargingafirearm,duringandinrelationtoacrimeof
 
violence,inviolationofTitle18,UnitedStatesCode,Section924(c)(I)(A).Thisaffidavitisalsosubmittedinsupportoftheissuanceofanarrestwarrant.3.Inpreparingthisaffidavit,Ihavebeenassistedbyotherfederalandstatelawenforcementagentsandofficers,includingmembersoftheJTTF,thepolicedepartmentsofArlingtonCounty,FairfaxCounty,andPrinceWilliamCounty,SpecialAgentsfromthePentagonForceProtectionAgency,theVirginiaStatePolice,theNavalCriminalInvestigativeService,andtheCoastGuardInvestigativeService.Thisaffidavitisbaseduponinformationandevidenceprovidedbywitnessstatementsandreportssubmittedbyotheragents,aswellasphysicalevidenceandmyownpersonalknowledge,training,andexperience.Thisaffidavitcontainsinformationnecessarytosupportprobablecause,andisnotintendedtoincludeeachandeveryfactandmatterknowntomeortothegovernment.
B.STATUTORYOFFENSES
4.Section1361ofTitle18,UnitedStatesCode,provides,inpart:WhoeverwillfullyinjuresorcommitsanydepredationagainstanypropertyoftheUnitedStates,orofanydepartmentoragencythereof...[and][i]fthedamage...tosuchpropertyexceedsthesumof$1,000...[shallbefinedorimprisoned]fornotmorethantenyears....5.Section924(c)(1)(A)ofTitle18,UnitedStatesCode,provides,inpart:...anypersonwho,duringandinrelationtoanycrimeofviolence...forwhichthepersonmaybeprosecutedinacourtoftheUnitedStates,usesorcarriesafirearm...shall,inadditiontothepunishmentprovidedforsuchcrimeofviolence...ifthefirearmisdischarged,besentencedtoatermofimprisonmentofnotlessthan10years.2
 
6.Section924(c)(3)(B)ofTitle18,UnitedStatesCode,definesacrimeofviolence,inpart,as...anoffensethatisafelonyand...thatbyitsnature,involvesasubstantialriskthatphysicalforceagainstthe...propertyofanothermaybeusedinthecourseofcommittingtheoffense.
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SUMMARYOFINVESTIGATION
7.OnOctober17,2010,employeesoftheNationalMuseumoftheMarineCorps("Museum")inTriangle,Virginia,reportedtothePrinceWilliamCountyPoliceDepartmentthatshotshadbeenfiredattheMuseum.Theinvestigationrevealedthatbetween12:30a.m.and7:30a.m.,onoraboutOctober17,2010,ten
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roundswerefiredfromarangeofapproximately150to250yards,fromthevicinityofInterstate95(I-95),whichliestothewestoftheMuseum.Bulletholeswerefoundinseveralwindowsaswellasonthebaseofthebuilding.TheMuseumispropertyoftheUnitedStatesgovernmentandislocatedwithinPrinceWilliamCounty.8.OnOctober19,2010,atapproximately4:57a.m.,thePentagonForceProtectionAgencyreportedaudibleshotsfiredinthevicinityofthePentagonSouthparkinglotandA&EDrive,whichfaces1-395.Investigatorsfoundthreeseparateimpactmarksconsistentwithbulletstrikeslocatedonthebuilding'ssouthsideexteriorbetweenthefirstandfourthfloorsandbulletholesinindividualwindowsonthethirdandfourthfloors.Projectilespenetratedtheouterlayeroftheprotectivewindowsandweretrappedanddidnotpenetratetheinteriorlayer.Bulletstrikeswerelocatedonanareaapproximately40yardswidefromtheupperfirstfloortothefourthfloor.ThePentagonReservationiswithintheSpecialMaritimeandTerritorialJurisdictionoftheUnitedStatesandislocatedwithinArlingtonCounty.Accordingtothe3

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