Bombing suspect held without bond

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by Jason Volentine

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azfamily.com

Posted on December 6, 2012 at 6:47 AM

Updated Monday, Dec 10 at 3:39 PM

PHOENIX -- The man accused of bombing a government building in Casa Grande last week was back in court Wednesday. A federal judge called Abdullatif Aldosary a dangerous flight risk.  Aldosary is being held without bond.

On Monday, Aldosary, 47, refused to talk to the judge or even his own court-appointed defense attorney.  On Wednesday, he didn’t speak in open court but was seen having conversations with his lawyer before the proceedings.

Aldosary is accused of setting off a small explosive at the Social Security building in Casa Grande last week. 

Witnesses gave police suspect descriptions matching Aldosary. They said they saw him driving away from the scene of the crime with a flaming front bumper. He was later found washing his heat-damaged car in the driveway of his Coolidge home.

When FBI agents searched the home they found guns and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition, bomb-making chemicals and hidden documents describing how to make powerful, military-grade explosives often used in terrorist plots.

While neighbors were shocked to hear the developments, most said Aldosary was a solitary loner they didn’t know anything about.

However, one person 3TV talked to said she felt betrayed by Aldosary. Swannee Welsh, Aldosary’s neighbor two doors down, took care of his home after he went to jail for an aggravated harassment arrest in 2008. Upon his release the two became friends.

“I helped him to do things because in Iraq they didn't have a lot of things they have here,” Welsh said.

Welsh said she's second guessing every conversation she ever had with Aldosary.

“He didn't ever have any Arabic friends here, which I did think was odd,” she said, adding that Aldosary told her he wasn't interested in meeting people with similar backgrounds as himself.

Welsh said Aldosary told her that he’s a refugee from Iraq and never wanted to come to the United States.

“He did seem to have a little bit of a chip on his shoulder,” Welsh said.

And according to Welsh, Aldosary said he was driving into Casa Grande every day to look for work at an unemployment office near the bomb site.

Since Aldosary’s arrest, Welsh said she has been asked question by agents from multiple government agencies including Homeland Security and the FBI.  

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