The FBI on Monday arrested the wife of the shooter in the Wrist Nightclub massacre, the costs related to the shooting, investigators confirmed to Fox News.
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The June 2016 shoot, seen as the deadliest in modern U.S. history, killed 49 people and wounded dozens more. The police shot and killed gunman Omar Mateen, after a three hour standoff, in which he promised allegiance to the Islamic State terror group.
The accusations against his wife, a 30-year-old Noor Salman, included aiding and abetting his attempts to aid ISIS, as well as obstruction of justice.
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According to a source close to the investigation, the Prosecutor of the V. S. in Florida, and lawyers within the Department. of Justice, the agencies that jointly the prosecution of terrorism cases, wanted to charge Salman with the direct support of the ISIS, in addition to the help of the terror network, by means of her man. However, the deputy Assistant Attorney General Mary McCord refused additional costs.
FBI agents from the bureau’s San Francisco field office picked up Salman outside her home in Rodeo, Calif., law enforcement sources said. She did not resist the arrest.
In April 2016, Mateen, and Salman took their 3-year-old son to Walt Disney World, but their behaviour allegedly was alarming enough for Disney officials to contact the FBI to warn them that Mateen and Salman appeared to be scouting the theme park as a location for a possible attack. The family went to another Disney park, Disney Springs, June.
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During the attack, which started around 2:00 a.m. on June 12, Mateen posted 16 calls, an FBI source told FoxNews.com and communicated by SMS, a sms-service.
At least three calls were to 911, and was to a local news service, in which he promised his allegiance to ISIS and expressed support for the Boston Marathon bombers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
He sms ‘ to Salman during his shooting rampage, was messaging his Facebook account, in the proclamation of his allegiance to ISIS and pledging more attacks, and according to an FBI source, used the social media platform Snapchat to communicate with at least one other person.
Salman is set to make her first appearance in federal court Tuesday in San Francisco. She was moved to Contra Costa County after the shooting.
The charges were filed in the Middle District of Florida, the jurisdiction in which the nightclub massacre took place. After her first appearance, the plan is to fly Salman back to the Middle District of Florida, where she will continue through the judicial process.
The New York Times first reported Monday the arrest.
Salman claimed in November last year, she had no idea about what her husband was planning, according to a Times interview. “I was not aware of everything.”
They also said Mateen increasingly violent as their marriage got rockier, even punching her in a fit of rage while she was pregnant, during a trip to the baby to buy clothes.
Her son, now 4, is partly named after his father. Salman filed a petition to change the boy the name of the last month.
The Justice Dept. released copies of Mateen the 911 calls after the shooting. In an interview, he said: “praise be to God, and prayers and peace be upon the prophet of God [in Arabic]. I will let you know, I’m in Orlando and I have the pictures.”
“Nothing can erase the pain that we all feel over the senseless and cruel murders of 49 of our neighbors, friends, family members and loved ones. But today there is some relief to know that someone is accountable for that heinous crime,” Orlando police chief John Mina responded.
One of the officers who responded to the massacre, Master Sgt. Debra Clayton, was shot and killed last week outside a Walmart in the city. Her suspected killer, Markeith Loyd, remained on the loose a week later.
FoxNews.com’s Malia Zimmerman, Fox News’ Mike Lundin in Rodeo, Matt Dean, Jennifer Griffin and The Associated Press contributed to this report.