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Man Accused of Helping San Bernardino Attackers Was Quiet Nerd And Recent Convert of Islam

Enrique Marquez, via Facebook.

Enrique Marquez, via Facebook.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

To many people who knew him, Enrique Marquez was a quiet nerd who worked at Walmart and was a part-time security guard at a bar.

About a month before the San Bernardino massacre, Marquez left a bizarre Facebook post: “No one really knows me. I lead multiple lives and I’m wondering when it’s all going to collapse on me.”

Marquez, it turns out, was a childhood friend and neighbor Syed Rizwan Farook, who opened fire with his wife at a holiday party in San Bernardino, CNN reports.

The 24-year-old is accused of illegally purchasing a pair of rifles that Farook and his wife used in the attack.

A 36-page affidavit by the FBI depicted Marquez as a recent convert to Islam who transformed into a potential terrorist plotting several attacks, including a massacre at a community college and a pipe bomb and rifle attack during rush hour on a Southern California freeway.

The affidavit explained that Marquez began buying guns and ammunition in late 2011 as he prepared an attack. He and Farook trained together at local firing ranges.

Enrique Marquez, Friend of San Bernardino Terrorist, Charged in California

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By Lee Ferran
ABCNEWS.com

Four years before Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik killed 14 people at an office party in San Bernardino, Farook plotted with his old friend and neighbor Enrique Marquez to kill as many people as possible during a “rush hour” attack on a highway in California, according to the FBI.

The late 2011 or early 2012 plot was detailed for the first time today in a criminal complaint filed against Marquez, who authorities said admitted the plans during a 10-day questioning session with the FBI after the San Bernardino shootings earlier this month.

According to the complaint, Marquez told the FBI that he had converted to Islam in 2007 and was pushed towards radical Islamic material by his friend and neighbor Farook. In late 2011, the two decided to strike in the U.S., and discussed whether they should attack a local community college and busy California highway, SR-91.

Marquez allegedly pointed out to federal agents exactly where the attack on the highway was supposed to have taken place and how it would go down.

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ABC News: San Bernardino Attack: Gun-Buyer Could See Criminal Charges

Enrique Marquez

Enrique Marquez

By ABC News

Authorities investigating the terror attack in San Bernardino told ABC News today that they may bring gun charges against Enrique Marquez, the 24-year-old neighbor and longtime friend of one of the shooters, who officials said originally bought two of the weapons used in the deadly attack.

Officials said they believe one of the San Bernardino gunmen, Syed Rizwan Farook, asked Marquez to buy the two “assault-style” rifles back in late 2011 or early 2012 so that Farook’s name would not be on file in connection with the high-powered rifles.

In a Facebook posting from Marquez’s profile just hours after the attack, he said, “I’m. Very sorry sguys. It was a pleasure.”

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FBI Raids Home of Man Who Provided Weapons to Couple in San Bernardino Shootings

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents executed a search warrant early Saturday morning on the California home of the man who reportedly purchased some of guns for the couple who went on a shooting spree in San Bernardino, killing 14 and wounding 21.

Agents raided the home of Enrique Marquez on Tomlinson Avenue  in Riverside, Calif. shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday, a source told ticklethewire.com. It’s unclear what agents came away with.

Marquez was not home and had earlier self-admitted himself into a mental health facility in Long Beach, Calif.

The couple,  Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, were shot and killed after the shootings this past week.

Federal authorities have not charged Marquez with any crime, but are probing into what role, if any, he played beyond buying the weapons and whether he knew of any of the couple’s plans.