UPDATE 4:46 p.m.: OKLAHOMA CITY (TheBlaze/AP) — The man accused of beheading one woman and attacking another at a food processing plant was seen as "a little odd" and "a little weird" by those who attended the same mosque he did.
Saad Mohammed, director of information for the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, said Saturday that Alton Nolen began worshipping at one of the group's mosques in May and that he saw Nolen there several times since.
Mohammed said Nolen wasn't outgoing and that his behavior didn't raise any red flags, adding that Nolen attended services where sermons were delivered against beheadings like those committed by Islamic State militants. Mohammed said Nolen's actions don't reflect the beliefs of Islam.
OKLAHOMA CITY (TheBlaze/AP) — A man who was shot after allegedly beheading a woman at an Oklahoma food processing plant from which he had just been fired has regained consciousness and will be charged with first-degree murder, police said.
This March 21, 2011 photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Alton Nolen, of Moore, Okla. Prison records indicate that Nolen, the suspect in the beheading of a coworker at an Oklahoma food processing plant Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, had spent time in prison and was on probation for assaulting a police officer. (Image source: AP/Oklahoma Department of Corrections)
Alton Nolen, 30, remains hospitalized in stable condition, Moore Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said Saturday, adding that investigators interviewed Nolen.
Nolen will be charged on Monday with first-degree murder and assault and battery with a deadly weapon, Lewis said. Nolen also could face federal charges, Lewis added.
Nolen severed the head of 54-year-old Colleen Hufford during Thursday's attack at the Vaughn Foods plant in Moore, near Oklahoma City, authorities said. Nolen was repeatedly stabbing another woman when he was shot by Mark Vaughan, a reserve sheriff’s deputy and the plant's chief operating officer. That woman survived, Lewis said.
Nolen reportedly goes by the name Jah’Keem Yisrael on his Facebook page, which contains a vast number of posts after April 2013 connected to Islam and appears to feature a group of Taliban fighters as the cover photo.
In one post featuring a photo of Pope Benedict, he wrote: “SHARIA LAW IS COMING!!!!”
This story has been updated.