Authorities are investigating whether the man was in detention must have harmed her, law enforcement official told CNN.
In an interview with CNN, she said that the Iranian government were aimed at her and her family for her efforts to give voice those who are oppressed in country where she was born.
“I’m not afraid (for) my life in general, because I know What am I doing. I have only one life and I dedicated my life give voice in Iranian people inside Iran who boldly go to the street – face guns and bullets in protest against Iranian regime — but it’s happening in America,” she said.
Dictators joining forces, sharing textbooks, she said, and if democratic countries don’t do the same more The Americans will be the target. Closer to the end of TV interview, she asked if she could speak directly Iranian regime.
In front of the camera, her curly hair was loose and adorned with flower, she said, “Go to hell. I’m not afraid of you. I have only one life. you care about power. I care about my dignity and freedom like millions of Another people inside Iran. I’m not afraid of you. You can kill me but you can’t kill idea. The idea is just struggle for freedom, dignity.
Alinejad, a US citizen, called on President Joe Biden to expel Iranian diplomats. in country.
“Iranian regime twice challenged the US government on US soil. I deserve freedom in United States of America. hit ’em out. If you don’t, trust me, they will come after more US citizens,” she said.
FBI reports of her of human with rifle
Alinejad was home The Thursday when federal agents told her about the gunman in her neighborhood of Brooklyn, she said.
“The FBI ordered me to stay away from your home”Alinejad told CNN. on Sunday. “I was shocked. I couldn’t even believe it. I said to myself: “If I open the door, what will I do?” “
officers with New York Police Department arrested Khalid Mehdiyev on Thursday when he left the Brooklyn area after failed stop at stop signaccording to the federal criminal a complaint. NYPD officers found he was driving without a license because they were suspended, complaint says.
Police later found in in back seat of his vehicle a suitcase containing Norinco assault rifle type AK-47 … loaded with a round in chamber and attached magazine, along with separate second magazine, and total of about 66 rounds of ammunition, complaint says. officers also found 1100 USD in 100 dollar bills, complaint says.
He’s been charged with possession of a firearm with “erased” serial number, complaint says. Mehdiyev set to be back in court on 12 August. His lawyer, Stephanie Marie Carvlin, told CNN defense does not have comment at this stage in a business.
Law enforcement officers saw Mekhtiyev, a resident of Yonkers, in borough of brooklyn on twice last week and also discovered that he was given parking ticket in the same area a week earlier, on July 23, according to the complaint.
On Thursday morning, Mehdiyev drove a gray SUV Subaru Forester and stayed in in area for several hours where he “behaved suspiciously,” the complaint said. On the one reason, Mehdiyev received in as well as out of his car several times ordered food delivery to myself car and approached home in the area where Alinejad lives, looking inside windows and trying to open the front door, complaining says.
After his arrest the police also restored two license plates with different numbers and from different states than the Illinois tag on Subaru Complaint says.
Mehdiyev, according to the complaint, informed the authorities about his rent in Yonkers was too tall and he traveled to Brooklyn to find an apartment. cash was for hotel room and he went to home in Brooklyn neighborhood because he intended to ask if the owners could rent him a room before changing his mind, complaining says he told investigators. Subaru was borrowed, but he did not know in suitcase According to the complaint, which he said did not belong to him, contained a rifle, he initially told investigators.
The suspect later told agents that “the AK-47 was his and that he was in Brooklyn because he was looking for someone” before invoking your right to counsel a complaint says.
‘My stepsons live in same house’
Alinejad was on zoom call with chairman of Human Rights Foundation Garry Kasparov and Venezuelan politician and opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez when she found out about the armed man, she said.
trinity discussed how they can unite, as Russian, Venezuelan and Iranian “dictators” do, she said on Monday.
Alinejad shared a video from a surveillance camera on Twitter shows the man she is says federal agents told her that this was the same man who had been arrested by police on Thursday.
“These scary man capture scenes who tried to enter my house in New York with downloaded gun to kill me,” she tweeted, although no gun can see in image. “Last year The FBI stopped the Islamic Republic from kidnapping me. My crime gives voice silent people. The US administration must be tough on terror.”
She keeps watching the video thinking, “Wow,” she told CNN. on Monday.
“My stepsons live in the same house as well just imagine if a guy opened fire. Who knows how a lot of of would my neighbors be killed? My lovely and supportive neighbors,” she said.
Alinejad spoke monthly with federal agents after alleged kidnapping attempt last year she said.
“I really thought the plot over. I thought, “Okay, I can focus on my job” that I’m going to do. Nothing can stop me,” she said. I see this as a continuation. of trying to save iranian women down.”
BUT voice for “deaf”
alinejad, who often shares photos and video of what she calls a “deaf” Iranian women through her social media Accounts, says Iranian officials recently warned her of her activism.
representative for Iranian headquarters for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice announced in July anyone who sends Alinejad hijab videos or commits other anti-government activity is subject to punishment of up up to 10 years in prison.
Alinejad said Iranian government It has also forced women publicly condemn her for her work.
“I don’t have any weapons. This is my weapon. mobile and I have photos on my instagram and my social mediaI post videos of Iranian mothers. The Iranian regime killed their sons. I just give them voice. I give voice this women,” she said.
Regime put her in prison brother took her sister to TV to disown her and interrogated her mother “for hours as well as hours“To punish her,” she said.
“I don’t have any enemy. I don’t criminal So, of Of course, this is the Iranian regime,” she told CNN. — When the US government does not take decisive action of Of course they feel more powerful to continue it. I see a pattern in this, continuation of oppressive womenoppression of dissenters outside Iran”.
Liam Reilly of CNN, Brianna Keilar and Jon Avlon contributed to this report.