A 22-year-old Saudi Arabian national charged with stealing a school bus last week had left behind journals containing writings about jihad and a variety of threats against Jews and police officers, federal officials said this afternoon.
On January 15, a break-in was reported in an unoccupied residential home in Livingston, New Jersey.
While investigating the break-in, authorities found a backpack in that home which contained a Saudi Arabian passport with the name Bader Alzahrani, along with other items that appeared to belong to Alzahrani.
Some of those personal items included journals which contained entries in English and Arabic.
Among the phrases in the journals were: “Why didn’t you slaughter the police officer who threw the Quran?,” “Blood, blood, destruction, destruction. Allah,” and “Destruction of the new world and the earth will be destroyed from all sides.”
The journal also contained the words: “Jews control everything” and “This is a war, and there will be losses, and collateral losses.”
On January 17, the Livingston Board of Education reported that a school bus was stolen from a parking lot across the street from the home where the break-in was reported.
Law enforcement officers located Alzahrani in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, and was later found to be in possession of the keys to the stolen school bus.
Alzahrani is charged by complaint with one count of receipt of a stolen vehicle and one count of transportation of a stolen vehicle.
He made an initial court appearance this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Edward S. Kiel in Newark federal court.
Each count charged in the complaint is punishable by a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.