Suspect in airport bomb plot previously arrested after switchblade seized from checked bag
Loewen pleaded no contest, and a Wichita Municipal Court judge found him guilty of unlawfully carrying a weapon, records say. The judge waived his fines and ordered him to pay $66 in court costs.
The incident occurred Feb. 6, 2009, according to records obtained by The Eagle on Monday.
A police report said that a Transportation Security Administration worker reported Loewen a double edged knife that has a spring loaded blade at 2299 S. Airport Road, the address of Mid Continent.
The report said Loewen was wearing a gray T shirt, blue jeans, white tennis shoes and a black hooded sweatshirt when police arrested him, records show.
The arrest report also indicated that Loewen had a tattoo of Jesus on his back. In an interview Saturday with The Eagle, Loewen ex wife, Sarah Loewen, said their son had told her that Loewen had become a Muslim. Friday at the airport. The 2009 report also indicated that Loewen worked at Hawker Beechcraft. District Court in Wichita. Unbeknownst to him, investigators say, rayban the people he was conspiring with were FBI employees.
The 58 year old faces three federal charges: one count of trying to use a weap rayban on of mass destruction, one count of attempting to damage property, and one count of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization that Loewen thought was al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, based in Yemen. Attorney Barry Grissom said at a news conference Friday that Loewen had been under investigation by the Wichita Joint Terrorism Task Force since early summer. Loewen didn realize it was an FBI employee he was chatting online with when he expressed to engage in violent jihad on behalf of al Qaeda, the criminal complaint alleges.
Over a period of months, Grissom said, Loewen took a series of steps to act on the plot, as part of the jihad, or war.
Talked about his commitment to trigger the device and martyr himself.
Beechcraft said Friday it had suspended Loewen pending outcome of the investigation against him.
Loewen left a letter dated Dec. 11 to his family, the complaint alleged, that read in part: the time you read this I will if everything went as planned have been martyred in the path of Allah. There will have been an event at the airport which I am responsible for. The operation was timed to cause rayban maximum carnage [and] death. My only explanation is that I believe in jihad for the sake of Allah [and] for the sake of my Muslim brothers [and] sisters. Fact is, most Muslims in this rayban country will condemn what I have done. I expect to be called a terrorist (which I am), a psychopath, and a homicidal maniac.
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