(PIX11)-- For the second time in less than two months, federal investigators have arrested a pair New Yorkers – alleged religious extremists, from a solidly residential neighborhood and accused them of trying to turn terroristic aspirations – into real action.
Twenty-eight year old Noelle Velentzas the woman on the left, and thirty-one year old Asia Siddiqui on the right are both from Jamaica, Queens.
Just like the two young men from Coney Island, Brooklyn arrested in February these two young woman were also arraigned in Federal Court Friday.
Both Velentzas and Siddiqui are charged with taking steps, including collecting propane tanks and other commercially available materials to build a bomb – all for their extremist interpretation of Islam, and a professed allegiance to ISIS.
Thomas Dunn is Siddiqui’s attorney.
“My client will enter a plea of not guilty if and when there’s an indictment and she and I will address everything in the courtroom where it belongs, and even though you’re very interested, that’s about it. I know it’s a serious case, but we’re going to fight it out in court,” said attorney Thomas Dunn.
In the criminal complaint, Siddiqui comes off as more subdued, and less boisterous than her alleged co-conspirator, but in the mold of the Boston Marathon bombers, seemed serious about her dedication to bomb making, telling an undercover officer, “…that they should consult chemistry for beginners books at the library.”
But it was Noelle Velentzas, whose name and bold comments are spread liberally throughout the complaint.
“If we can get even one of their weapons, we can shoot them. They will probably kill us but we will be martyrs automatically and receive Allah’s blessings,” Velentzas wrote.
She adds, “Why we can’t be some real bad bitches?"
Neighbors, not surprisingly, were shocked to hear the news, and cringed at the possibility that someone they knew might be a violent religious extremist.
“You’re in my country and you want to come and hurt me…we’re all people. You’re blood flows like my blood, my blood flows like your blood. When we’re dead and gone we’re going to be in the same cemetery,” one of neighbors told PIX11.