On Friday, the Daily Caller and others reported that Alton Alexander Nolen, the man suspected of beheading one woman and stabbing another multiple times in Moore, Oklahoma, celebrated terrorists on what appears to be his Facebook page while disparaging non-Muslims. In one picture, Nolen, who uses the name “Jah’Keem Yisrael,” is seen giving the one-finger salute often used by ISIS terrorists.
The New York Times said Nolen recently converted to Islam. References to Islam began appearing on his page in April 2013, and he frequently criticized American culture while warning those who do not follow his religion. His Facebook page is topped by a picture that appears to be of Taliban fighters, Patrick Howley said.
“This is the last days,” he wrote on Tuesday. In July, he called America and Israel “wicked” and encouraged Muslims to “wake up.” In another post, he said Muslims do not celebrate holidays normally recognized in the United States. In March, he posted a photo of a demonstrator holding a sign reading: “Islam Will Dominate the World. Freedom Can Go To Hell.”
The local McCurtain Gazette said Nolen was fired Thursday after telling coworkers of an Islamic teaching that said women should be stoned for an offense. The statement reportedly sparked an argument which apparently led to his termination.
He returned Thursday and, reports say, beheaded 54-year-old Colleen Hufford and stabbed 43-year-old Traci Johnson multiple times. Mark Vaughan, a reserve sheriff’s deputy who serves as the chief operating officer for Vaughan Foods, shot Nolen as he was attacking the second victim.
The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office praised Vaughan for his actions in a statement released Friday. According to the statement, Vaughan’s heroic actions “saved the lives of several other employees.”
“Mark put an end to the threat by shooting the suspect and saving the life of a second victim who was being actively attacked by the suspect,” the statement added. “There is every reason to believe that the lives of untold others were saved who would have been targeted by the suspect if it hadn’t been for Deputy Vaughan’s actions.”
While it appears to many that Nolen was motivated in part by his religious beliefs, authorities have not confirmed the motivation behind the attack. Moreover, Weasel Zippers said, some media outlets initially hid Nolen’s Muslim beliefs. The Huffington Post and Talking Points Memo updated their reports to include the Muslim connection, but only after the conservative blog reported the omission. News OK, however, still did not report Nolen’s religious affiliation, referring to the brutal attack as a “fit of workplace violence.”