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TERROR SUSPECT HAS BROWARD TIES

BSO Case Number: LH911156
PIO Number: 02-6-7
Date: October 8, 1991
Place of Occurrence: 2315 NW 55th Way, Lauderhill, Florida

Suspect(s):

  • Jose Padilla, a.k.a. Abdullah Al Mujahir, 31, 10/18/70

Description of Incident:

Due to an overwhelming number of requests from media, the Broward Sheriff's Office is releasing information on a 31-year old former Broward man, Jose Padilla, reportedly also known as Abdullah Al Mujahir. U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft says Mujahir is a terrorism suspect and is in federal custody.

At approximately 3:00 p.m. on October 8, 1991, BSO deputies assisted Sunrise police in attempts to locate Jose Padilla, a suspect in a shooting stemming from a traffic dispute in Sunrise earlier in the day. Investigators went to Padilla’s home at 2315 NW 55th Way in Lauderhill, but the suspect was not home. At the time, the Broward Sheriff's Office was providing law enforcement for the city of Lauderhill.

About eight hours later, detectives staking out Padilla’s home saw the suspect drive up. Padilla was stopped and searched. The search turned up a .38 caliber revolver from Padilla’s waistband. Padilla was arrested and transported to the Broward Sheriff's Office main jail, charged with carrying a concealed firearm, discharge of a firearm from a vehicle, and aggravated assault.

On January 4, 1992, while in custody on the shooting charges, Padilla became loud and hostile towards a Broward Sheriff's Office detention deputy. Padilla physically attacked the deputy who, with assistance, was able to handcuff and restrain Padilla.

Padilla’s assault on the detention deputy resulted in additional charges of battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting without violence.

Padilla was released from the Broward Sheriff's Office main jail on August 5, 1992 to begin probation.

Additionally, Padilla had several traffic infractions in south Florida. The most recent, according to BSO records, was on November 11, 1997 when Padilla was cited by Cooper City police for driving on a suspended license. When Padilla failed to appear in court on that charge, a warrant was issued for his arrest on December 5, 1997.

The Broward Sheriff's Office will not answer questions regarding Jose Padilla’s possible involvement with terrorist activities. Those questions must be directed to the appropriate federal agencie(s).

THIS REPORT BY: Hugh Graf / PIO 6/10/02 4:00 p.m.

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