Muslims Try To Enter Camp Pendleton
Camp Pendleton, one of the largest military bases in the United States, is on heightened security after three Muslim men – two Iranians and one Afghani – were arrested lasted weekend trying to enter without proper authorization.
San Diego television news station 10News reports the three men, 40-year-old Afghani Ahmad Rahmani Naeem, 41-year-old Iranian Vahik Petrossian and 27-year-old Iranian Sengekdi Norvik Avanosian, were overheard making hateful and terrorist threats while at an Oceanside gas station last Saturday.
Before leaving the station, the men asked for directions to Camp Pendleton.
10News continues the story, based on a Be On The Lookout (BOLO) report issued on the incident:
A rented silver Toyota Corolla driven by Naeem attempted to enter Camp Pendleton through the main gate. As it was being searched, Petrossian and Avanosian drove up in a black Mercedes, but were told to wait.Instead, they continued past the gate and onto the base. Following a short pursuit, the Mercedes was stopped and searched.
No weapons or contraband were found in the Mercedes, but base security noticed the air bag in the steering wheel of the Mercedes had been pulled out and re-attached with duct tape and had wires hanging free, the alert said.
According to the alert, Naaem told base security he was lost and was trying to go to Glendale. When interviewed, Petrossian and Avanosian said they were lost and trying to go to Glendale. The three men claimed not to know each other, the alert said.Naaem, Petrossian and Avanosian were photographed and released after questioning, and a warning about the trio was posted to law enforcement.
However, later that morning about 8:30 a.m., Naeem returned in the Toyota and tried to get on the base again, saying he made a mistake and was trying to enter Interstate 5, the alert said. After his vehicle was searched, Naeem was issued a letter of debarment from the base and escorted to the freeway.
Some interviewed by the news station speculate the three Muslims may have been conducting a dry run, probing the various security measures set at the military base.