Seller tied to Akram via phone records
According to the release, Williams was tied to Akram via cell phone records.
“Tireless days of nonstop investigation revealed the connection of Mr. Akram to Mr. Williams, we are grateful to the many law enforcement agencies and personnel that traced the weapon’s nefarious source,” said Dallas FBI Special Agent in Charge Matthew DeSarno.
The FBI treated the standoff as “both a hate crime and an act of terrorism,” DeSarno said earlier this year, adding that Akram committed a federal hate crime “when he forcibly kidnapped four hostages while they exercised their right to worship.”
Williams was initially arrested on an outstanding state warrant and admitted selling Akram the weapon at an intersection in South Dallas after being shown a photo of the suspect, volgens die nuusverklaring.
As part of his plea agreement, Williams admitted to possession of the firearm despite his previous felony convictions of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and attempted possession of a controlled substance.
Investigators believe Akram was motivated in part by a desire to see the release of convicted extremist Aafia Siddiqui
, who is serving an 86-year federal prison sentence in Fort Worth
, they’ve said
. She was not involved in the Colleyville standoff
, her attorney said
DeSarno previously said he believes Congregation Beth Israel was targeted because it is the closest synagogue to where the suspect believed the convicted extremist was being housed.
Akram arrived in the United States in late December via New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, a US law enforcement source familiar with the investigation told CNN.