NYPD arrests man with AK-47 outside Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad’s home in New York
A man armed with a loaded AK-47 was arrested outside the Brooklyn home of Iranian dissident journalist Masih Alinejad on Thursday, according to sources and charging documents.
Khalid Mehdiyev, 23, was found with the assault rifle, a high-capacity magazine and more than $1,000 in cash when he was arrested after hiding for two days, according to a federal complaint.
The complaint makes no explicit connection between Mehdiyev and Alinejad, but says the defendant had focused on an unnamed “residence” in Brooklyn.
Law enforcement observed Mehdiyev sitting in a gray Subaru Forester SUV with an Illinois license plate for several hours Wednesday and Thursday. Federal authorities said he ordered food in his car and looked inside the windows and tried to open the front door of the residence where he was parked outside, according to the complaint. .
NYPD officers arrested Mehdiyev on Thursday after running through a stop sign. The gendarmes discovered that he was driving without a license and he was arrested.
Police later searched his vehicle and found the AK-47 loaded with multiple magazines, extra rounds and a suitcase full of cash. Two other different license plates were also found.
Mehdiyev told police he had been staying in Yonkers, but the rent there was too high and he was looking for a new place to live in the Brooklyn neighborhood. He said he tried to open the front door of the residence so he could knock on an interior door to ask if he could rent a room.
He first told officers he had borrowed the car and knew nothing about the gun and said the suitcase was not his.
He later confessed that the gun was his and that he was in Brooklyn “because he was looking for someone,” according to the complaint.
plan to smuggle her back to Iran silences her critics of human rights abuses in the Islamic Republic. Four Iranian agents were arrested by federal agents.
Alinejad’s plan to kidnap Alinejad in the United States reportedly included hiring private investigators to conduct several days of surveillance during which she and her family members were photographed and videotaped at and around her home from Brooklyn.
Alinejad could not be reached for comment by The Post on Saturday.