The arrest of an apparently AWOL Army private in Killeen, Texas, has been attributed to a suspicious-behavior tip from a member of the public, authorities announced Thursday. They say the man intended to attack military personnel at Ft. Hood.
In announcing the tip, Police Chief Dennis Baldwin would not discuss details of the information provided but said at a briefing: "We would probably be here giving you another briefing had he not been stopped."
The solider has been identified as 21-year-old Naser Jason Abdo, who allegedly went AWOL on July 4 from Ft. Campbell in Kentucky. As a Muslim, he filed as a conscientious objector, Army officials said, and they recommended he be court-martialed. Child pornography was allegedly found in his possession.
Abdo was arrested at about 2 p.m. on Wednesday at a hotel near Ft. Hood. Baldwin would not comment on what was found in the room, but a local FBI agent told Reuters that Abdo was found with "bomb-making materials."