Sunday, September 28, 2014

Oklahoma: Update--Alton Nolen, 30, Interviewed by Police, Facing Numerous Felonies

According to The Associated Press, an assailant who was shot several times by a reserve deputy on Thursday (September 25) at Vaughn Foods in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore suburban say he beheaded one woman and attacked another at the food processing plant from which he had just been fired has regained consciousness and was interviewed by detectives Saturday (September 27).

Meanwhile, a spokesman for an Oklahoma City Islamic group said Saturday that Alton Nolen, 30, was a frequent worshipper at a mosque the group maintains and that he remembers the suspect as "a little weird."

Nolen, 30, remains hospitalized in stable condition after Thursday's brutal attack, Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said. Lewis added that Nolen will be charged Monday (September 29) with first-degree murder and assault and battery with a deadly weapon and that he may also face federal charges.

"He was a nice, quiet, low-key guy," said Saad Mohammed, director of information for the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City. Mohammed said Nolen began worshipping at one of the group's mosques in May.

Lewis said Nolen was fired right before the attack, and that he then drove from the building that houses the company's human resources department to its main distribution center.

COMMENT: Once inside the plant, Nolen's first victim was Colleen Hufford, 54, with a knife in the center's administrative office, eventually severing her head, according to police. The assailant then repeatedly stabbed Traci Johnson, 43, before Mark Vaughan, a reserve deputy and the company's COO, shot Nolen several times.

According to Oklahoma Department of Corrections records, Nolen served time in prison and is on probation for assault and battery of a police officer. He also was convicted of cocaine possession with the intent to distribute in 2011.

The records show that Nolen has what appear to be religious tattoos, including one referencing Jesus and one in Arabic that means "peace be with you."
View galleryJohnson was treated for her injuries at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center, where she was released Saturday (September 27), said Varina Shellman, clinical coordinator for the medical center. Sgt. Lewis said Johnson was also interviewed by police on Saturday.Police asked the FBI to help investigate Nolen after co-workers told investigators he had recently started trying to convert several employees to Islam. Lewis said police asked the FBI to look into Nolen's background because of the nature of the attack, which followed a series of high-profile beheadings by IS militants. In a statement, F

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