Man arrested for allegedly selling gun used in hostage incident at Texas synagogue

1/27/2022 2:16:00 AM

A man faces a federal charge for allegedly selling the gun used in the Texas synagogue hostage situation earlier this month.

Brandon Wade/APHenry Williams, 32, faces one charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm in connection with the hostage crisis at Congregation Beth Israel in the Fort Worth suburb of Colleyville on Jan. 15.Brandon Wade/APAgents first interviewed Williams on Jan. 16, during which he allegedly said he recalled meeting"a man with a British accent," the Department of Justice

Agents interviewed Williams again after his arrest on an outstanding state warrant on Monday, during which he allegedly confirmed he sold Akram the handgun at an intersection in South Dallas after viewing a photo of the suspect, according to the Justice Department.

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Feds accuse Texas man of selling gun used to take hostagesDALLAS (AP) — A Texas man has been charged with a federal gun crime after authorities say he sold a gun to a man who held four hostages inside a Texas synagogue earlier this month before being fatally shot by the FBI, the Justice Department said Wednesday. This tweet replaces an earlier post that said the man was charged with selling a gun to the shooter. He was charged with being a felon in possession of a gun. And … no doubt this will “trigger” TexASS and aBUTT GregAbbott_TX GovAbbott Individuals should be unable to sell guns to other individuals

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2:44 New details on Texas synagogue hostage crisis ABC's senior investigative reporter, Aaron Katersky, discusses the possible motive behind the hostage crisis and the possible threats to faith-based communities around the country.Updated: Jan.After evading capture for hours, Ryan Mitchell Smith is in custody facing a variety of charges.held four hostages inside a Texas synagogue earlier this month before being fatally shot by the FBI, the Justice Department said Wednesday.

Brandon Wade/AP Texas synagogue hostage situation earlier this month, authorities said. Henry Williams, 32, faces one charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm in connection with the hostage crisis at Congregation Beth Israel in the Fort Worth suburb of Colleyville on Jan.m. 15. “I would say he’s considered to be dangerous, certainly. The armed suspect, identified by authorities as 44-year-old British citizen Malik Faisal Akram, died in the incident when an FBI hostage rescue team breached the synagogue after an 11-hour standoff. 26, 2022, 3:00 a. Investigators allege Williams sold Akram a Taurus G2C pistol on Jan. The standoff ended after more than 10 hours when the temple’s rabbi threw a chair at Akram and fled with the other two remaining hostages just as an FBI tactical team was moving in .

13, two days before the hostage incident. By Cliff Pinckard, cleveland. “The Ryan Smith that’s accused of these alleged incidents is not the Ryan Smith that his family and friends know and love,” Manginello said. Brandon Wade/AP Police stand in front of the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue, Jan. 16, 2022, in Colleyville, Texas.S. The FBI said it discovered Williams' alleged ties to Akram through an analysis of Akram's phone records after his death.m. Agents first interviewed Williams on Jan. Zachary Taylor Blood, 33, of Galveston, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of alien smuggling, according to a news release from the U. ADVERTISEMENT Akram paid $150 for the gun, according to charging documents.

16, during which he allegedly said he recalled meeting"a man with a British accent," the Department of Justice said . Agents interviewed Williams again after his arrest on an outstanding state warrant on Monday, during which he allegedly confirmed he sold Akram the handgun at an intersection in South Dallas after viewing a photo of the suspect, according to the Justice Department. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas. He is facing a charge of evading arrest. MORE: Alleged hostage-taker at Texas synagogue was known to British authorities, sources say "Williams allegedly admitted to officers that Mr. Akram told him the gun was going to be used for 'intimidation' to get money from someone with an outstanding debt," the Department of Justice said in a statement. Prosecutors say Blood drove a gray van modified to transport caskets to a border patrol checkpoint on Oct. Cellphone records for both men also show their phones were in close proximity on Jan. Update: K9 Nate is out of surgery and resting well. Williams told investigators that Akram told him he intended to use the gun to intimidate someone who owed an outstanding debt, according to authorities.

13, according to prosecutors. Authorities spotted a coffin in the back of the van. Williams was arrested Tuesday on the firearm charge and made his first appearance before a magistrate judge Wednesday afternoon. According to the Department of Justice, Williams was previously convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and attempted possession of a controlled substance. Authorities were suspicious because the coffin was in poor condition and the American flag was taped to the top with packing tape. Below are some photos of Nate. "Federal firearm laws are designed to keep guns from falling into dangerous hands. As a convicted felon, Mr. Both were in the U. The police force did not disclose details about the two men.

Williams was prohibited from carrying, acquiring, or selling firearms," U.S. illegally, prosecutors say. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Chad Meacham said in a statement."Whether or not he knew of his buyer's nefarious intent is largely irrelevant -- felons cannot have guns, period, and the Justice Department is committed to prosecuting those who do. They said that after crossing a river into the United States, they were taken to a parking lot where Blood was waiting for them." Obtained by ABC News Malik Faisal Akram A detention hearing has been scheduled for Monday. troops in Afghanistan and who is serving a lengthy sentence in a prison near Colleyville.

ABC News has reached out to Williams' attorney for comment. Blood will be held in custody until his sentencing, prosecutors say. A rabbi and three members of the synagogue were taken hostage during the incident. All four managed to escape unharmed. Note to readers: if you purchase something through one of our affiliate links we may earn a commission. FBI agents said the suspect was demanding the release of a convicted terrorist and believe the location was intentionally targeted because it was the closest synagogue to Carswell Air Force Base near Fort Worth, where the prisoner is being held. MORE: Hostage incident at Texas synagogue a terrorist act and hate crime: FBI Multiple law enforcement sources told ABC News the suspect was demanding the release of Aafia Siddiqui, who was convicted of assault and attempted murder of a U. It also corrects the first name of Malik Faisal Akram.

S. soldier in 2010 and sentenced to 86 years in prison. In the weeks since the incident, investigators have been digging into the suspect's social media and personal devices to try and find out more about his travel and associates. Four men have also been .