Abdullah N. Alrifahe, 27, was stopped by local police in Minneapolis after locals and residents phoned in a single complaint.
Alrifahe had apparently been driving and littering, which doesn’t seem like a big crime, but it was big enough to get the attention of a few locals, who phoned police.
As a local concerned citizen attempted to approach the car and tell off the driver for littering in their neighborhood, the citizen says that Alrifahe jumped out of the car and began to threaten him, saying he had a gun in the car.
That was when police became involved. As an officer approached Alrifahe’s car, the man and his passenger became unruly, claiming that they were waiting for a drone to deliver something to them. Police called for backup, and then restrained the men.
A search of the car turned up a hand grenade, handgun, assault rifles, magazines and an abundance of ammunition. Police also found cell phones, computers, and electronic equipment such as drone parts.
The officers then began to search the SUV and realized this complaint went far beyond what they expected.
During their search, the cops came across an entire arsenal of weaponry and electronics.
Among the items found were a hand grenade, handgun, assault rifles, magazines and an abundance of ammunition. And what was equally as suspicious were the cell phones, computers, and electronic equipment such as drone parts.
Bomb squad personnel were then called to investigate the items. They determined that the materials could have been used for bomb-making.
In addition, KSTP reported that the Department of Homeland Security may be getting involved in the case.
Despite this, it is reported that police do not believe there was a connection to a foreign terrorist organization, and nor do they think the two men, who are brothers, had terroristic attack intentions.
The brothers were both arrested following the search.
Local man Abdullah N. Alrifahe, 27, was charged with a gross misdemeanor for carrying a pistol in public without a permit. He was reportedly convicted of the same offense in December 2016. His brother, Majid Alrifahe, 26, was charged with four offenses — among them are assault and disorderly conduct.
Abdullah has a bail of $200,000 and remains in jail.
Meanwhile, Majid was released from custody the day after his arrest, and is scheduled to appear in court on May 26.