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Terror suspect's wife claims FBI tricked her

Posted July 29, 2009
Updated July 30, 2009

— A Willow Spring woman whose husband and two sons are accused of supporting terrorism says the FBI tricked her the day of their arrest.

FBI Alleged terrorist's wife says FBI tricked her

Sabrina Boyd, the wife of Daniel Patrick Boyd and the mother of Dylan and  Zakariya "Zak" Boyd, claims authorities told her that her family had been injured in a car crash Monday. She said a man, wearing a bloody shirt, and a law enforcement officer told her their vehicle had been sideswiped by an 18-wheeler.

"That the truck was overturned, and none of them had seat belts on. It was grave, and they were bleeding, and I needed to be rushed immediately to Duke Hospital,” Sabrina Boyd said during an interview Tuesday with CNN.

Sabrina Boyd said authorities drove her, along with her daughter and pregnant daughter-in-law, to Durham but parked behind the hospital. They were then taken out of the vehicle, separated and handcuffed.

"Then they told us, they (my husband and sons) are not dying. They are detained, and you better cooperate with us,” Sabrina Boyd said.

News of a possible car accident was particularly difficult for Sabrina Boyd to hear, she said. It was just two years ago, that another son, 16-year-old Luqman Izzubeen “Luke” Boyd, died in a single-car wreck near Benson.

"I had already been through this two years prior,” Sabrina Boyd said. "All they needed to do was ring my doorbell. I would have opened the door for them.”

When the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, heard Sabrina Boyd’s claims, they demanded the U.S. Department of Justice investigate.

"It is hard to describe how, how devastating that would be to any family,” said Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations. "This is what we are calling a cruel trick played on the family members.”

"It is not unwarranted. It is not unprecedented,” said Frank Perry, a retired FBI agent who headed Raleigh's office for four years.

Perry, who has no connection to the Boyd case, said fake stories are sometimes used by law enforcement officials as a safety measure.

"(Such) measures are prudent and necessary to protect law enforcement personnel, as well as individuals, at the arrest scene, even though they are not subjects of the arrest,” Perry said.

Daniel Patrick Boyd, 39, and his sons, Dylan Boyd, 22, and Zakariya "Zak" Boyd, 20, are expected to appear in federal court in Raleigh next Tuesday. Three others charged, Hysen Sherifi, 24, Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, 22, and Ziyad Yaghi, 21, also are expected to appear Tuesday for detention hearings.

A seventh defendant, Anes Subasic, 33, has requested a Yugoslavian interpreter for his court hearing, so it's unclear when that hearing will be held.

Federal authorities are seeking an unidentified eighth suspect in the case who is believed to be in Pakistan. A WRAL News source has identified the suspect as Jude Kenan Mohammad, 20, of Wake County.


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  • crustyhalo Jul 31, 2009

    Inter Alios.......North Carolina General Statue's in no way reflects Federal Charges.It is two different systems. Before you give false information and attempt to "act as an attorney" you should really know what you are talking about. These are Federal charges not State charges.Different set of rules my friend.

  • thepeopleschamp Jul 30, 2009

    "I too have been going to court everyday for the last 22 years dealing with the likes of you." inter alios

    I will take this as a compliment my friend. The last case I went to court on, we won. It was where an adult broke into a home and was startled by the elderly resident and shot her. I'm guessing "the likes of you" comment refers to me as the guy that prosecutes criminals and defends innocent victims. That is what you meant isn't it?

  • Eduardo1 Jul 30, 2009

    Oh, I guess they should have payed paddy-cake with her. I do not care what method of getting this info from this "person"

  • Milkman Jul 30, 2009

    Wow, the commenter that said we had no terror attacks before 9/11 dosen't remember the first WTC bombing? And the commenter who said that Obama wouldn't stand for this type of torture of a suspect. Well, Obama did sent Air Force One on a low fly by of Manhattan and scared the wits out of many 9/11 survivors, which was worse?

    I'm happy these terrorists are, for the most part, behind bars tonight.

  • thepeopleschamp Jul 30, 2009

    "...the likes of you." inter alios

    What on earth does that mean?

  • thepeopleschamp Jul 30, 2009

    inter alios, you suggest I spend some time in a court. I tell you I did that already, and now you say thats my problem. Which is it, you want me to go to court or stay away? And please clear up "the likes of you" comment, I have no idea what that means.

  • dws Jul 30, 2009

    "But, we must rise above them if we are to defeat them and win them back from the dark side (if that's even possible)."

    Westerners will never "win them back"(radical extremists), for we never had them to begin with

  • Glock Ranger Jul 30, 2009

    I just have one question: Why did they take her and her pregnant daughter all the way to Duke before arresting them? I have enough compassion to agree that this borders on a cruel trick. There is no point to fostering hard feelings, or giving the slightes shred of hope that they might play on the sympathies of mothers and pregnant wives as they try to build a defense.

    Yeah, yeah, I know all about the cruel nature of terrorism and all of the sons and daughters who have perished because of people who have perpetrated acts of terrorism and war on us. But, we must rise above them if we are to defeat them and win them back from the dark side (if that's even possible).

  • ghwhitaker1_old Jul 30, 2009

    anitov: that explains everything you've said. I too have been going to court everyday for the last 22 years dealing with the likes of you. Where do you get that the lady is a suspect?

  • ghwhitaker1_old Jul 30, 2009

    Mags: if you'll take off your cop glasses you'll plainly see the article says the cops obtained her consent to be taken to Durham by lying to her about the condition of her husband and sons (fraud). This is a federal case against the suspects, but taking the lady to Durham by trickery and fraud happened right here in NC, not on federal gov't. property. You seem to think a federal officer cannot be charged or convicted for violating NC law, and, of course, you are dead wrong.