“FBI officials are investigating a beheading at an Oklahoma food distribution center…”
Alton Alexander Nolen, a 30-year-old Oklahoma man, was fired from his job at a food processing plant in Moore, OK, just before a bloody rampage began — one that has authorities seriously looking into whether Nolen’s reported conversion to Islam may have played a part in the gruesome crimes they allege Nolen committed.
Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis of the Moore PD says that Nolen was apparently so enraged at losing his job that he began randomly attacking victims with a knife. Two women were assaulted– one was killed, her head intentionally severed. The other woman suffered stab wounds before the suspect was taken down by a former CEO of the business — a man who was armed and able to shoot Nolen before he could inflict more harm.
CNN reports that Police Sgt. Lewis has also confirmed for reporters what had been suggested in earlier news accounts of the horrific beheading — that the suspect was apparently a recent convert to Islam who tried to get others in the plant to convert as well:
Nolen recently had been trying to convert co-workers to Islam, Lewis added during a Friday press conference. “After conducting interviews with co-workers of Nolen’s, information was obtained that he recently started trying to convert some of his coworkers to the Muslim religion.”
A report on foxnews.com supports the information that the suspect may have been a Muslim convert:
FBI officials are investigating a beheading at an Oklahoma food distribution center after co-workers said the suspect tried to convert them to Islam after his recent conversion.
Information on the website justmugshots.com indicates that Alton Nolen has a history of run-ins with the law — this information is, as yet, not independently confirmed by authorities.
The Daily Caller, which also says Nolen has a criminal record, now reports that the suspect has a “Muslim tattoo” on his abdomen.
Nolen has a tattoo on his abdomen reading “AS-SALAAMU ATAIKUM,” according to Oklahoma Department of Corrections records. The Arabic message, essentially meaning “peace be upon you,” is used as a greeting by Muslims.
Alton Nolen is said to be in the hospital recovering from the gunshot that stopped his brutal rampage.