Massachusetts State Police provide update on deadlock arrests
More information was released on those arrested following a standoff with Massachusetts State Police on Saturday that resulted in the closure of Interstate 95 for a time as forces from the order were looking for the suspects.
The standoff began around 2 a.m. on July 3, when police noticed two cars pulled up on I-95 with the hazard lights on after apparently running out of fuel. The suspects are said to be “dressed in military-style gear with long guns and pistols,” according to State Police Col. Christopher Mason. The suspects ran into the woods, refusing to cooperate with law enforcement. Residents of Wakefield and Reading have been asked to shelter in place until the suspects are disarmed and taken into custody.
In a joint statement, Massachusetts State Police and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office said on Sunday that the 11 men arrested on Saturday “pose as a militia and say they adhere to” Moorish sovereign ideology. “
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, “Moorish sovereign citizens espouse an anti-government doctrine in which its members claim to be part of a sovereign nation. For some who identify as ‘Moors’, ‘Moorish’ or something similar, there is a belief that a 1787 (fictitious) treaty between the United States and Morocco grants them immunity from American law. . “
“Moorish rulers believe that their status as a member of a sovereign nation confers immunity against federal, state and local authorities,” the SPLC wrote.
State police said the group claimed they were traveling from Rhode Island to Maine for “training.” State police said that although the men were “dressed in military fatigues and bulletproof vests, and were armed with long guns and pistols,” none of them had a license. carrying a firearm.
State Police said soldiers had discovered eight guns so far: three AR-15 rifles, two pistols, a bolt-action rifle and a short-barreled rifle. They also identified the following arrested suspects:
- Jamhal Tavon Sanders Latimer, aka Jamhal Talib Abdullah Bey, 29, from East Providence, Rhode Island
- Robert Rodriguez, 21, from the Bronx, New York
- Wilfredo Hernandez, aka Will Musa, 23, from the Bronx, New York
- Alban El Curraugh, 27, from the Bronx, New York
- Aaron Lamont Johnson, aka Tarrif Sharif Bey, 29, of Detroit, Michigan
- Quinn Cumberlander, 40, of Pawtucket, Rhode Island
- Lamar Dow, 34, from the Bronx, New York
- Conrad Pierre, 29, from Baldwin New York
- A 17 year old
- Two other male suspects who refuse to identify themselves
All suspects are charged with eight counts of illegal possession of a firearm; illegal possession of ammunition; the use of bulletproof vests in the commission of a crime; possession of a large capacity charger; improper storage of firearms in a vehicle; and conspiracy to commit a crime. Additionally, Hernandez, Johnson and Dow, along with the minor, are accused of giving police a false name.
“Additional charges are possible if the ongoing investigation, including the planned search of the two vehicles of the defendants, determines they are warranted,” state police said.
The adults are being held at Billerica Reformatory, each on a $ 100,000 cash bond, and will be brought to justice next week in Malden District Court. The minor will be returned to the custody of his parents.