SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — Just one day after two local men allegedly schemed to create an X-ray radiation emitting device to kill targeted people were arrested, NEWS CENTER learned about their intended targets.
The NEWS CENTERS Trishna Begam spoke with members of the Muslim community — a community authorities said Glendon Scott Crawford, 49, and Eric Feight, 54, were allegedly planning to point their weapon directly toward.
According to federal prosecutors, undercover agents were led to two viable targets that were eyed by one of the terror suspect's now foiled plot.
The locations Crawford targeted were places of worship for the Muslim community in Albany and Schenectady. He led agents to the Islamic Center in Schenectady a few days ago.
“We are such a low profile area it is surprising someone looked at us,” said Islamic Center Board of Trustees member Imran Siddiqui.
Siddiqui said about 600 people show up to the center to pray on Fridays.
“We're not the enemies of U.S. We live here, we adopted this country. This is our home,” he added.
Prosecutors also revealed that an Albany mosque was on the target list and was visited by Crawford and agents at the beginning of the week.
Shamshad Ahmad, president of the mosque on Central Avenue, said he has not been alerted by federal authorities but worries that his mosque could have been a target along with the people who walk by the mosque every day.
After visiting both sites, Crawford led agents to a garage in Schaghticoke where he attempted to start the lethal radiation device, but he was arrested before that could happen.