Baltimore (AP) - A 21-year-old man charged with trying to blow up a military recruiting center briefly hesitated when he heard about a federal sting operation that nabbed an alleged terrorist in
Antonio Martinez, a naturalized
He told an informant working with the FBI he thought about nothing but jihad and wasn't deterred even after a Somali-born teenager was arrested in Portland, Ore., the day after Thanksgiving in a sting, court documents released Wednesday showed.
After hearing about the
"I'm not falling for no b.s.," he told the informant. He said he still wanted to go ahead, but the informant told him to think about it overnight and call the next day, which
In the following days,
The bomb he's accused of trying to detonate was fake and had been provided by an undercover FBI agent. It was loaded into an SUV that
"There was never any actual danger to the public during this operation this morning," U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said Wednesday. "That's because the FBI was controlling the situation."
Authorities did not say where
A former girlfriend, Alisha Legrand, said she met him three or four years ago -- before he became a Muslim -- and described him as quiet. The two last spoke over the summer and Legrand, 20, said
"He said he tried the Christian thing. He just really didn't understand it," she said, adding that he seemed to have his life under control after converting to Islam.
Public defender Joseph Balter cautioned against a rush to judgment.
"It's very, very early in this case," he said.
Asked to identify himself during Wednesday's hearing,
No one answered the door at his apartment in a tidy, three-story yellow building in a working-class northwest
Court documents indicated
His commitment to jihad caused strain in his family, the documents show. The FBI informant reported listening to
"She wants me to be like everybody else, being in school, working,"
Martinez's Facebook page identifies his wife as Naimah Ismail-Hussain, who describes herself as a student and employee at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Attempts to reach her were not immediately successful.
According to the court documents, the informant first contacted the FBI on Oct. 8 after communicating with
"The sword is cummin the reign of oppression is about 2 cease,"
He picked the military recruitment center because he considered enlisting before he converted to Islam and had been inside, the documents showed.
"The investigation was undertaken only because experts had made the determination that there was a real risk," he said.
Rosenstein stressed that
White House spokesman Nick Shapiro said the arrest underscores the need for vigilance against terrorism and illustrates why the Obama administration is focused on addressing "domestic radicalization."
Associated Press writers Jessica Gresko, Pete Yost and Brett Zongker in