Alinejad said that she home Thursday, when federal agents told her about the gunman.
“The FBI told me to stay away from your homeAlinejad told CNN by phone on Sunday. “I was shocked. I couldn’t even believe it. I said to myself: “If I open the door, what will I do?”
NYPD officers arrested Khalid Mehdiyev on Thursday afternoon as he was leaving the Brooklyn area after failed stop at stop signaccording to the federal criminal Complaint received by CNN. it also NYPD officers said found he was driving without a valid license. Law enforcement officials later found a suitcase in backseat of his vehicle containing AK-47 assault rifle loaded with a round in camera, add. second magazine and $1,100 in $100 bills, according to the complaint.
He’s been charged with possession of a firearm with erased serial number. Mehdiyev set to be back in court on 12 August. CNN contacted out to his lawyer, Stephanie Marie Carvlin, for comment but didn’t hear back.
Law enforcement officials say they saw Mehdiyev, a resident of Yonkers, in borough of brooklyn on twice last week, Wednesday and Thursday, and also discovered that he was given parking ticket in the same area the day before, on July 23, according to the complaint.
On Thursday morning, Mehdiyev got behind the wheel of a gray Subaru Forester SUV. with Illinois state license plates remain 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 I ordered a food delivery service to my car and went to home in the area where Alinejad lives, looking inside windows and attempting to open the front door, according to the complaint.
Alinejad says She 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 an armed man.
Activist shared security video on her official Twitter account of that man who 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.”
Alinejad says she spoke monthly with federal agents after an alleged kidnapping attempt last year.
“I really thought the plot over. I thought, “Okay, I can focus on my work” that I’m going to do, nothing will stop me,” she said.
“I see this as a continuation of trying to save iranian women down”, the activist told CNN.
Alinejad, who often shares photos and video of that she says “voiceless” Iranians women through her social media Accounts, says Iranian officials recently warned her about her continued activism.
representative for Iranian headquarters for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice announced in july that anyone who sends Alinejad hijab videos or commits other anti-government activity is subject to punishment of up up to 10 years in prison.
“This is the 21st century: Enough, – said Alinejad. – I left my country iran to be safe to be voice for deaf people. It is mine crime. I want to enjoy freedom of expressing myself as an American.”
Liam Rilly of CNN contributed to this report.