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Man charged with car attack on Marines

Sept. 14, 2011 at 4:21 PM   |   Comments

SEATTLE, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- A Seattle-area man charged with using his car in a failed attack on two U.S. Marines is tied to another man charged in a suicide bombing plot, prosecutors say.

Prosecutors filed assault charges Tuesday against Michael McCright of Lynnwood, SeattlePI.com reported. McCright was arrested Thursday.

McCright, who allegedly also uses the name Mikhial Jihad, has been charged with trying to run a uniformed Marine sergeant off the road. Prosecutors said the sergeant, who was behind the wheel of a government car, and another Marine who was in civilian clothes, spotted another driver who apparently became angry when he saw the uniform.

The two Marines got the plate number of the car, which was traced to McCright, officials said.

Senior Deputy Prosecutor Gary Ernsdorff said McCright's cellphone had been used at least three times to call Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif. Abdul-Latif, 33, of Seattle and Walli Mujahidh, 32, of Los Angeles were charged earlier this year with planning to launch a suicide bombing of a military recruiting station in South Seattle. Police said they learned of the alleged plan from a man they tried to recruit.

McCright could face a life sentence if he is convicted under Washington state's three strikes law, the report said.

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