Six years earlier Mohamed Mahmood Alessa, 20 was barred from attending classes at North Bergen High School in NJ because officials deemed him dangerous because he talked about mutilating homosexuals, subordinating women in the name of Islam, and blowing up the school with a gang of Muslims.
The two Muslims were nabbed Saturday as they tried to board flights to wage jihad in Africa, authorities say. The other jihadi, Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 24, turned to hate after high school and has had multiple run-ins with cops.
“Alessa was exhibiting this crazy, radicalized behavior,” a source told the Daily News. “He was threatening classmates, threatening staff – all as part of this radicalized terroristic behavior.” Hints of Alessa’s radicalization came when he was only 14.
The son of PALESTINIANimmigrants transferred to North Bergen High School from the Al Huda School, a private Islamic school in Paterson, in the fall of 2004. Within months, officials placed Alessa on “home instruction,” forcing him to be taught alone at the North Bergen Public Library under the watchful eye of a school security guard.
He transfered in the fall of 2005 to KAS Prep, an alternative school for troubled teens in North Bergen – but his vile threats only intensified. “Everyone tried to help this kid. He’s just an angry young man,” the official said.
Alessa remained at KAS for just one semester before returning to North Bergen in 2006. His troubling behavior and anti-American taunts prompted school officials to put him on home instruction again. “School administrators felt that his bahavior posed a threat to the students and staff,” said Paul Swibinski, spokesman for the North Bergen School District.
Around the same time, officials from both North Bergen High School and KAS Prep contacted the Department of Homeland Security and described Alessa as “a potential threat,” Swibinski said.
In February 2007, Alessa moved to the country of Jordan, according to school records.Alessa and Almonte were unsuccessful in joining the insurgency in Iraq during this time, prosecutors said.
The bearded Alessa took classes at Bergen Community College from the spring 2009 to spring 2010, but he was not enrolled for the summer or fall, a spokesman said. In 2004, Almonte was arrested three times. Elmwood Park police busted Almonte for bringing a knife to school, buying alcohol illegally and assault, said
Still, it wasn’t until after he graduated that Almonte fell under Alessa’s spell and started preaching hate, his friends and relatives said. He dropped many of his friends, converted to militant Islam and changed his name to Omar.