Published June 09, 2010
Officials Tuesday night released the mug shots of New Jersey terror suspects Mohamed Alessa, 20, and Carlos "Omar" Almonte, 24.
They were taken after the two hate-spewing terrorist wannabes were captured as they headed to Somalia, allegedly to wage holy war on Americans, NYPost.com reported.
Their neighbors weren't surprised -- they said jihad started early for the two.
They were terrors in their suburban communities years before they were busted last Saturday at Kennedy Airport.
Not a single school could handle Alessa. He openly talked of blowing up his schools in the name of Islam.
Almonte was picked up by cops several times for increasingly violent behavior.
The duo are due back in Newark federal court today for a bail hearing on charges of plotting to murder, maim and kidnap people overseas.
Back when Alessa was a North Bergen HS student in early 2005, officials there were so troubled by his radical-Islam-inspired rants that they contacted Homeland Security.
Even the Al Huda School, an Islamic institution in Paterson, couldn't handle him, and he left after few months in 2005.
Later that year, when he was transferred to KAS Prep, an alternative school for troubled teens, the outbursts continued, a school official said.
He recalled that Alessa had his own misinterpretation of Islam, claiming that the religion required the subordination of women and the mutilation of gays.
Alessa even said he wanted to organize a squad of Muslims to blow up the school, the Bergen Record said yesterday.
Almonte, a Dominican-born convert to Islam whose family said was "brainwashed" by Alessa, likewise made a name for himself.
He was busted several times in 2004 for his involvement in a bloody brawl in a parking lot, plotting an after-school rumble, bringing a knife to class and drinking a 40-ounce bottle of beer in a park.
Almonte smashed a picture frame over his brother Elvin's skull and then bit his mother on the arm in an altercation sparked by his nonstop "preaching" that they needed to convert to Islam, according to a May 31, 2009, police report.
Sister Ingrid Almonte, 17, blamed Alessa for turning her brother bad.
"He brainwashed him and tried to convert us, too," Ingrid, 17, said outside the family's Elmwood home.
The pair talked of the best ways to chop off their victims' heads and said they'd eagerly wage jihad back home as battle-hardened veterans, according to the federal complaint.
Attorneys for Alessa and Almonte didn't return calls for comment.