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Young Man Arrested for July 4th Key West Bomb Plot

Harlem Suarez, 23, of Key West was arrested and appeared in court Tuesday after planning to use a weapon of mass destruction at a Key West beach. Since April, the FBI had been watching Suarez when he made a series of Facebook posts praising the Islamic State. He allegedly wrote in a post from an account titled Almiak Benitez "Be a warrior, learn how to cut your enemies head and then burn down the body learn how to be the new future of the world Caliphate."

The Facebook account was traced to Suarez, and posted ISIS beheading videos, in addition to asking for instructions on how to make a bomb. Suarez, a restaurant worker who never actually made a bomb, picked up an inert device in a backpack from an FBI informant after giving him supplies to make an explosive with galvanized nails. Suarez allegedly told the informant "If one day...I get a day off...I can go to the beach at the night time, put the thing in the sand, cover it up so, the next day I just call and the thing is gonna, is gonna make, a real hard noise from nowhere."

The FBI informant also helped the suspect make an ISIS recruiting video at a hotel and said that Suarez had ordered two AK-47 rifles on the Internet and was going to pick them up at a local pawn shop. A complaint against Suarez also said he expressed interest in going to Syria. The two had discussed a possible attack on July 4th gatherings in either Marathon, Florida or Miami Beach. His temporary lawyer Richard Della Fera told The Associated Press "He comes from a very good, hard-working family that arrived here from Cuba in 2004 because they yearned for freedom. They raised their son to love this country."

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