The FBI interviewed 20-year-old Fuaed Ahmed in Yemen, after his family reported he was missing or possibly kidnapped. Ahmed said he left home voluntarily, but also indicated that a device was in his head and he can hear voices.
A Homeland Security official interviewed Ahmed again in June when he flew into Los Angeles. They asked him about ties to terrorism because of a Facebook picture that showed him holding an AK 47. At that time Ahmed denied any involvement with criminal activity or terrorism.
Earlier this month Ahmed killed two people and he was fatally shot during a standoff at the Tensas State Bank.
Abdo Ahmed, a 20-year-old native of California and former Louisiana State
University (LSU) student and a resident of Louisiana, has been identified as
the individual responsible for the tragic events at the Tensas State Bank in
St. Joseph, Louisiana.
of 2013, the FBI interviewed Ahmed in Yemen -- where he was visiting at the
time -- after his family had reported him missing and possibly kidnapped.
During the interview, Ahmed denied being kidnapped and said he had left home
voluntarily. Ahmed indicated that he believed a device had been planted
his head that caused him to hear voices, and he had at times thought of killing
himself but would never hurt others.
of 2013, after being notified that Ahmed was returning to the United States,
DHS interviewed Ahmed at LAX airport; an FBI JTTF task force officer was
present for the interview. He was interviewed because DHS had received a
report about a Facebook photo of Ahmed holding an AK-47 while he was visiting
Yemen. According to the report, Facebook also contained comments about
Ahmed believing a device had been implanted in his head and that he was hearing
voices and contemplating suicide. During the interview, Ahmed disavowed
ties to criminal activity or terrorism. Ahmed was carrying notes stating
that a microphone device had been implanted in his head, and that he was
hearing voices and high-pitched sounds. The notes also described plans to
get assistance to identify the person responsible for the device, and a plan to
threaten suicide in a police station if he could not get assistance. The
FBI checked relevant databases and found no record of criminal activity or
other derogatory information. After the interview, local LA authorities
conducted an independent evaluation of Ahmed and then took him to a medical
facility for a multi-day mental evaluation.
briefed the LSU Police Department and the Los Angeles Fusion Center concerning
Ahmed after his interview, and both entities issued state-wide law enforcement
bulletins describing Ahmed's interview and statements.