Sixty-four-year-old Ojore Nuru Lutalo was arrested Tuesday on an Amtrak passage from Los Angeles to Chicago. Passengers on the train alerted authorities after hearing the man from Elizabeth, N.J., making threats on a cell phone conversation.The Washington Post has more including comments that passengers overheard that got them concerned:
Police said in an affidavit that passengers overheard Lutalo saying he hadn't killed anyone yet and talking about going to jail.
Police said Lutalo was not armed but was carrying propaganda for an anarchist group called Afrikan Liberation Army.
Police said in an affidavit that passengers overheard Lutalo saying he hadn't killed anyone yet and talking about going to jail.He also went by the name Leroy Bunting. The Chieftain notes that Lutalo is a "...New Afrikan Anarchist/Black Liberation Army member who was released from prison Aug. 28 after serving 28 years in New Jersey" (which the WaPo says was 27 years for aggravated assault, robbery and two counts of weapons possession_.
Passengers say the man said, "We have to work in small groups. They can hold you for 18 months. Do they have security on these trains? Are you with me or not?"
One passenger said he heard Lutalo mention al-Qaida, saying, "17th century tactics won't work, we have 21st century tactics."
The conductor said Lutalo had a tan blanket over his entire body so the conductor could not see what he was doing.
This website (cached) comes up highlighting the Afrikan Liberation Army and its goals while the Black Liberation Army was a splinter group from the violent Black Panthers.
It would seem that this guy was up to no good and all the time in prison didn't lead to a reformation in goals or intent.