Officials say Abdul-Latif served briefly in the U.S. Navy in 1995. He has at least two felony convictions: robbery in the first degree in 2002 and assault a year later while serving time in Washington state for the robbery. Walli Mujahidh, who lives in Los Angeles but traveled to Seattle by bus this week, has no known felony convictions.
The FBI investigation revealed Abdul-Latif had converted to Islam while in prison for armed robbery. While allegedly making plans for his attack, he lived in an $800 per month Seattle apartment with his infant son and grateful wife.
"He goes to mosque, he works hard, I don't have to pay rent, he's clothing me, housing me." Binta Moussa-Davis told ABC affiliate KOMO-TV.
Just last month Abdul-Latif filed for bankruptcy, claiming to have only $1.08 in the bank.
Posting videos on YouTube, however, is free. The same month he filed for bankruptcy, he made a video in which he promoted jihad and dared viewers to turn him into the FBI.
"We must establish jihad," says Abdul-Latif as his son cries in the background. "I don't care what anyone says about that. You can turn me into the FBI, whatever."
Abdul-Latif and Mujahidh were arrested Wednesday night after allegedly buying automatic weapons from an informant.