Third USF student arrested in connection with terrorism case
Tampa, Florida - On the University of South Florida campus, some students were concerned to hear the FBI has now arrested a third Muslim student, connected to a terrorism case against two other USF students.
"It does make me a little nervous about what kind of kids are around here on campus and I do live on campus," said USF student Allie Hayes.
"It doesn't sound good for USF. It's just giving yourself a bad reputation," said USF student Mina Tawfik.
Karim Moussaoui was arrested at the Magnolia residence hall Thursday morning on a federal weapons charge in connection with the explosives case against Youssef Megahed and Ahmed Mohamed. The two USF students were arrested in South Carolina in August.
"As far as Mr. Moussaoui goes, we don't know what the story is, we don't know if in fact he's guilty of anything, charges have been brought," said Ken Gullette, USF Director of Media Relations.
Gullette says university officials are still trying to learn more about the charges against Moussaoui.
The federal complaint says Moussaoui entered the Shoot Straight Gun and Archery Range on U.S. 301 in Hillsborough County with Megahed and Mohamed in July.
An FBI agent says Moussaoui told them he did not fire any weapons, but pictures on Megahed's computer allegedly showed Moussaoui at a firing lane with a gun.
"We're Americans and we wouldn't tolerate anything to harm this country any more than anybody would so of course we're concerned any time something like this would come up," said Gullette.
Gullette confirmed Moussaoui is a computer engineering major from Morocco who is scheduled to graduate Saturday.
Moussaoui was released from federal custody Thursday afternoon on a $50,000 signature bond.
He was ordered by the judge to remain in the country. Moussaoui will also remain in home detention and be electronically monitored. His attorney Stephen Crawford says Moussaoui is still planning to attend his graduation ceremony Saturday. Pictures of the two original suspects, Mohamed and Megahed, are provided below.