Federal authorities charged a self-identified teen boy named Malik Sanchez ‘incel’ on Wednesday with trying to detonate a bomb while shouting “Allahu Akbar” at two women dining at a New York restaurant.
Malik Sanchez, who goes by the online alias “Smooth Sanchez,” was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly making a threat while live-streaming on YouTube on February 13, 2021, according to a criminal complaint lodged in Manhattan federal court.
The criminal complaint charging him with carrying out the fake bomb threat at the restaurant in Manhattan was unsealed by Audrey Strauss, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, William F Sweeney Jr, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the FBI’s New York Field Office, and Dermot Shea, the Commissioner of the New York Police Department.
He is 19 years old.
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During the YouTube stream, Sanchez allegedly approached two women eating in the Flatiron District restaurant’s outdoor seating area and said he was going to “enhance their lunch.” “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, All Allahu Akbar (Allah is Great).”
In two minutes, a bomb will be detonated. I’m taking you with me, and I’m going to kill you all. Right now, I’m going to kill you all. According to court documents, Sanchez yelled at the women, “And I kill all of you for Allah.”
This isn’t the first time he’s been arrested as a result of a YouTube stunt. An FBI agent stated in the charging document that he checked several videos in which the 19-year-old is seen accosting other women on Manhattan streets, including one in which he praises Elliot Rodger, a self-proclaimed incel who murdered several people in California in 2014.
Strauss said, “As alleged, Malik Sanchez perpetrated a hoax bomb threat at a Manhattan restaurant that frightened innocent victims, sowed chaos, and diverted precious law enforcement resources. Today’s arrest makes clear that such conduct will not be tolerated.”
On the other side, FBI Assistant Director Sweeney Jr said, “Whether real or perceived, a threat of violence is a serious action with real-life consequences. In this case, Sanchez’s alleged behavior carries the potential for a federal prison sentence. Anyone who intends to carry out a similar hoax should know that the FBI’s JTTF is ready and willing to respond.”
Commissioner Shea of the New York Police Department also spoke out about the complaint, saying, “Malik Sanchez’s alleged hoax bomb threat, as detailed in today’s federal complaint, disrupted not only the safety and well-being of several innocent restaurant patrons but the fabric of society. Our NYPD detectives, with our partners in the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York, have zero tolerance for actions like these.”
Sanchez self-identifies as ‘Involuntary Celibate,’ or ‘incel,’ according to the statement, which is an online community. This party, which is primarily composed of men, claims that society unfairly refuses them the sexual or romantic attention to which they are entitled.
Sanchez faces a maximum term of five years in prison if convicted of one count of disseminating false and misleading information and hoaxes.