06/09/2010

2 NJ terror suspects had brushes with authority

One's record includes arrests for aggravated assault and possession of a knife on school property

By Rohan Mascarenhas
Gloucester County Times

ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. — On a calm May afternoon last year in suburban Elmwood Park, Carlos Eduardo Almonte started to preach to his younger brother, Elvin, in the middle of their family's living room.

The oldest son in a Catholic family from the Dominican Republic, Carlos Almonte had recently embraced Islam as his religion, and now he hammered away at his brother with all the fervor of a convert, according to details in a police report.

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