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Feds search home of Holly Springs terror suspect

Posted September 25, 2009 8:26 a.m. EDT
Updated September 25, 2009 6:16 p.m. EDT

— Federal agents and local police on Friday searched the Holly Springs home of a man charged in an alleged terrorism conspiracy.

Before his July arrest, Anes Subasic, 33, lived at 248 Adefield Lane in Holly Springs with his father, Dragan Subasic.

Agents spent about nine hours inside the home Friday, entering before 8 a.m. and leaving after 4:30 p.m. They removed several boxes of items, which Dragan Subasic said contained mostly books and papers.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Justice said information regarding the activity in and around the Subasic home Friday morning has been sealed by court order.

"'Search warrant. Police. Police.' He yelled it maybe three or four times and the guy came out, and after that it, was pretty uneventful," neighbor Matt Vaughn said. "It was just like you were watching '24' or something on TV. They jumped out of their cars, and they're like racing up to the guy's house, surrounding the house."

Neighbor Will Parker said he doesn't know the Subasics very well, but he called the search of the home "a sad day."

"It's a sad day for not only Holly Springs, but America," Parker said. "It's very unnerving. You don't know what your neighbors are doing from day to day, but you don't expect them to be suspected terrorists."

Anes Subasic was indicted in July with six other men on charges that they plotted to murder, kidnap, maim and injure people overseas. Subasic, Daniel Patrick Boyd, 39, his sons, Dylan Boyd, 22, and Zakariya "Zak" Boyd, 20, Hysen Sherifi, 24, Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, 22, and Ziyad Yaghi, 21, are being held without bond at a prison in Virginia.

An eighth suspect, Jude Kenan Mohammad, 20, is believed to be in Pakistan.

Anes Subasic, 33, a Bosnian refugee and a naturalized U.S. citizen, faces one count each of conspiring to provide resources to terrorists and conspiring to murder, kidnap and injure persons abroad.

Dragan Subasic, 62, emigrated from Bosnia to the U.S. 11 years ago in the aftermath of the country's civil war. He worked for Cardinal Health for a while but is now too ill to work.

He was arrested in 2002 on a charge of simple assault, but the charge was later dismissed, according to court records. He has two pending misdemeanor larceny charges from earlier this year, records show.

In an Aug. 10 bond hearing, the FBI presented evidence, including surveillance audio, that Anes Subasic associated with the suspected ringleader of the operation, Daniel Boyd. Prosecutors noted that Subasic attended a sniper training camp in Las Vegas that included instruction on how to escape captivity.

Anes Subasic’s attorney argued that his client was merely being polite in those conversations. "I felt like he was being polite but not necessarily agreeing with what Mr. Boyd said," defense attorney Keat Wiles said.

Wiles asked that his client be released into the custody of his father.

U.S. Magistrate William Webb denied the bond request, saying the federal government's evidence was too strong and agreed with the prosecution that, with a possible life sentence looming, the risk of flight is high.

Dragan Subasic said Friday that his son isn't a terrorist, adding that Anes Subasic didn't like Daniel Boyd or any of the others charged in the case.

On Thursday, authorities added charges of conspiring to kill military personnel in the U.S for Daniel Boyd and Sherifi. According to the latest indictment, Boyd scouted out the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va., obtained maps of it and had armor-piercing ammunition "to attack the Americans."

In the , federal authorities said they plan to seize the Boyds' home in Willow Spring and the contents of three bank accounts, saying they were used to carry out the alleged crimes.

A trial in the case isn't expected to begin until late 2010, at the earliest. A federal judge has given prosecutors until Dec. 17 to declassify documents and other evidence they plan to use in the case so that defense attorneys can begin reviewing it and preparing their case.