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Staten Island Man Sentenced to 17 Years’ Imprisonment for Attempted Murder of A Federal Officer

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of New York
Fareed Mumuni Repeatedly Stabbed an FBI Agent During the Execution of a Search Warrant at the Defendant’s Staten Island Residence

Earlier today, at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, Fareed Mumuni was sentenced to 17 years’ imprisonment by United States District Judge Margo K. Brodie.  Mumuni pleaded guilty on February 9, 2017 to all counts of an indictment charging him with conspiring and attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization, assaulting and conspiring to assault federal officers, and attempted murder of federal officers.   

Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York; John C. Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; William F. Sweeney, Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI); and James P. O’Neill, Commissioner, New York City Police Department (NYPD), announced the sentence.

“Heroic American law enforcement officers remain locked in a life-and-death struggle with terrorists like Fareed Mumuni,” stated United States Attorney Donoghue.  “We will do everything in our power to work with the FBI, the NYPD and all our Joint Terrorism Task Force partners to incapacitate terrorists and protect the American people.  I commend the FBI Special Agents and Task Force Officers for doing an outstanding job in this case.”

“The women and men of law enforcement put their lives on the line to keep us safe every day.  We will not tolerate attacks on them or plots to kill Americans,” said Assistant Attorney General Demers.  “I applaud the tireless efforts of the agents and prosecutors that led to the defendant’s arrest and conviction.  The National Security Division remains committed to defending our country and taking action against those who would harm it.”

 “Mumuni now follows a familiar path of like-minded individuals before him - to federal prison. His intent was clear, but our resolve to thwart individuals like this is even more resolute,” stated FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Sweeney.  “I would like to thank the many JTTF agents and task force personnel, surveillance teams and FBI SWAT agents who interdicted Mumuni and his associates, often at great personal risk. Thank you for keeping our city safe.”

As alleged in the indictment and in other court filings, Mumuni pledged allegiance to ISIS, and he and co-conspirator Munther Omar Saleh discussed and worked to raise money to travel to ISIS-controlled territories.  Mumuni stated that if he were unable to travel to join ISIS, then he would fight in the United States. 

Saleh informed ISIS attack facilitator Junaid Hussain that Saleh, Mumuni, and three other co-conspirators located in New York and New Jersey had confronted law enforcement officers who were surveilling them continuously.  Saleh sought and received authorization from Junaid Hussain permitting Mumuni to conduct a suicide “martyrdom” attack by using a pressure-cooker bomb against law enforcement officers who were following the co-conspirators and thus preventing them from traveling to join ISIS.

On June 17, 2015, during the execution of a search warrant at his residence in Staten Island, Mumuni charged at an FBI agent with a kitchen knife as the agents attempted to clear the house.  Mumuni stabbed the FBI agent multiple times in the torso, using sufficient force to break off the tip of the knife.  The agent was saved from serious injury or death only by his magazine carrier, which deflected and chipped the point of Mumuni’s knife while Mumuni was thrusting it into the agent’s side.  Fortunately, the agent sustained only minor injuries.   

Saleh was sentenced on February 6, 2018 to 18 years’ imprisonment for conspiring and attempting to provide material support to ISIS, and assaulting and conspiring to assault federal officers.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Alexander A. Solomon, Douglas M. Pravda and Ian C. Richardson, of the Office’s National Security and Cybercrime Section, with assistance provided by Trial Attorneys Robert Sander and Justin Sher of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.

The Defendant:

Age:  23
Staten Island, New York

E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 15-CR-393 (MKB)


John Marzulli
Tyler Daniels
United States Attorney’s Office
(718) 254-6323

Updated April 26, 2018