Man Who Bought Rifles In San Bernardino Shooting Arrested
Enrique Marquez, the 24-year-old Riverside man who bought the assault rifles used in the San Bernardino shooting, has been arrested and will be charged in connection with the attack.
Federal officials told the L.A. Times on Thursday about the arrest, but did not specify what charges Marquez would be facing. He will be the first person charged in connection with the San Bernardino shooting.
Marquez purchased the assault rifles used by his childhood friend Syed Rizwan Farook and Farook's wife Tashfeen Malik in the attack that killed 14 people. Investigators say Farook asked Marquez to buy the guns because he felt that he could not pass a background check.
Marquez is married to the sister of Farook's sister-in-law in what friends believe is a sham marriage. The two were close friends, and Marquez was also a convert to Islam. The two reportedly planned on using the guns, purchased in 2011 and 2012, in an attack but scrapped the plans when three Inland Empire men were arrested for terrorism-related charges in 2012.
According to the New York Times, Marquez worked as a security guard at a local Walmart and also did odd jobs at a Riverside bar.
After the shootings he checked himself into a mental health facility and was later taken into the custody by authorities. Investigators say he has been cooperative and even waived his Miranda rights.