He is charged with possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number. Mehdiyev is set to be back in court August 12. CNN has reached out to his attorney, Stephanie Marie Carvlin, for comment but has not heard back.
Law enforcement officials say they saw Mehdiyev, a Yonkers resident, in the Brooklyn neighborhood on two occasions last week, Wednesday and Thursday, and also discovered that he’d been issued a parking ticket in the same neighborhood the weekend before, op Julie 23, volgens die klag.
On Thursday morning Mehdiyev drove a gray Subaru Forester SUV with Illinois license plates and remained in the area for several hours where he “behaved suspiciously,” lui die klag. By een geleentheid, Mehdiyev got in and out of his car several times, ordered food delivery service to his car, and approached a home in the neighborhood — where Alinejad resides — peering inside the windows and attempting to open the front door, volgens die klag.
Alinejad says she was on a Zoom call with Chairman of the Human Rights Foundation, Garry Kasparov, and Venezuelan politician and opposition leader Leopoldo López when she found out about the armed individual.
“I’m glad my friend @Alinejad Masih is healthy and safe and that the police acted capably against what might have been a deadly situation
,” Kasparov getwiet from his verified account Sunday
The activist shared a security video on her official Twitter account of the man who she says federal agents told her was the same man arrested by police Thursday.
“These are the scary scenes capturing a man who tried to enter my house in New York with a loaded gun to kill me,” het sy getwiet, although no gun can be seen in the image. “Last year the FBI stopped the Islamic Republic from kidnapping me. My crime is giving voice to voiceless people. The US administration must be tough on terror.”
Alinejad says she has spoken monthly with federal agents since the alleged kidnapping attempt last year.
“I really thought that the plot was over. Ek dink, ‘OK, I can focus on my job’ — which I am going to do, nothing is going to stop me,” sy het gese.
“I see this as the continuation of trying to keep Iranian women down,” the activist told CNN.
Alinejad, who frequently shares photos and videos of what she says are “voiceless” Iranian women through her social media accounts, says Iranian officials recently warned her about continuing her activism.
A spokesperson for Iran’s Headquarter for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice announced in July that anyone who sends videos to Alinejad regarding the hijab or commits other anti-government activities is subject to a sentence of up to 10 jare tronkstraf.
“It’s the 21st century: Genoeg is genoeg,” Alinejad said. “I left my country, Iran, to be safe, to be the voice for voiceless people. That’s my crime. I want to enjoy freedom of expression as an American.”