QUEENS (PIX11) -- Neighbors expressed a range of emotions--from anger and shock, to feeling betrayed--after learning that two women living in their midst have been arrested in connection with a plot to make and detonate explosive devices on American soil.
The accused former roommates--Noelle Velentzas, 28, and Asia Siddiqui, 31--live about four miles apart in Queens.
A man who identified himself only as Kenny said he was suspicious of Valentzas who lives across the street from him in South Ozone Park with a man believed to be her husband and a child.
"It came to my mind a couple of times when I looked at them. I said 'something is wrong with this.' There's nothing I could do, because you didn't see anything," Kenny said.
Feeling just as unsettled are neighbors of Asia Siddiqui on 84th Road in Jamaica, where many Muslims live.
"There's a lot of Muslim people who love this place. They want to stay here. And we feel ashamed, whatever they're doing," said neighbor Saifur Rahman.
A woman who lives a couple of doors down from Siddiqui started to cry.
"It really hurts that you want to come here and you want to hurt us. You're a citizen, and this is what you want to do?" asked the woman with tears in her eyes.