Federal prosecutors are expected to bring weapons charges against a friend of San Bernardino terrorist Syed Farook who investigators say purchased two assault-style rifles that were used in the deadly attacks.
The charges are set to be filed later today against 24-year-old Enrique Marquez, a former neighbor of Farook and his relative by marriage, CNN and NBC reported Thursday morning, citing sources familiar with the investigation.
FBI officials said Marquez legally bought two AR-15s three years ago for Farook as a favor because the US-born health inspector was worried that he would not pass a background check had he tried to buy the weapons himself.
In the wake of the December 2 attacks in San Bernardino, California, that left 14 dead and 21 others wounded, Marquez told invesitgators he knew nothing of Farook and his wife’s deadly plans.
The 24-year-old former security guard, however, did tell officials that he and Farook planned to carry out another attack in 2012 in California but ended up scrapping the plot after the arrest of four terror suspects in nearby Riverside.
Marquez, who had checked himself into a Los Angeles-area psychiatric hospital shortly after the shootings, quickly emerged as a key figure in the investigation of the shootings.
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