Officials: Farook's Friend Bragged of Pipe Bomb Skills

Local bar patron says Enrique Marquez also spoke about sleeper cells
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2015 7:34 AM CST
Officials: Farook's Friend Bragged of Pipe Bomb Skills
A brother of Enrique Marquez collects his mail Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, in Riverside, Calif.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

The man who allegedly bought the guns used in the San Bernardino rampage was a "goody two shoes type kid," not someone you'd expect to be involved in terrorism, says his former boss. Enrique Marquez worked as a bouncer at Morgan's Tavern in Riverside, Calif., for three years, but "was a non-confrontational person," Jerry Morgan tells USA Today. He was "emotionally immature" and liked to read comic books, Morgan says. A patron paints a different picture: He tells the New York Times Marquez spoke about sleeper cells and boasted "about having guns." "He would say stuff like, 'There's so much going on. There's so many sleeper cells, people just waiting. When it happens, it's going to be big. Watch,'" the man says. "We took it as a joke. When you look at the kid and talk to him, no one would take him seriously about that."

Morgan says he never heard such talk. "If anybody was talking about sleeper cells, if I had any suspicion he was a weirdo, I would have fired him," he says. Though Marquez has not been charged with a crime, charges will almost certainly come if the gun purchase is established, officials tell the Times. Marquez also admitted to building pipe bombs with Farook as a hobby, investigators tell CNN, though he said he didn't work on those found at the shooting site. An official tells CNN Marquez bragged that if he had built those, they would have functioned properly. In addition, Marquez has reportedly said he bought the guns used in the shooting for Farook because Farook didn't think he could pass a background check, officials say. (More San Bernardino shooting stories.)

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