April 15, 2010, - 1:46 pm

Islamic Dry Run in Pittsburgh School?

By Debbie Schlussel

I told you about Mana Saleh Almanajam and Shaker Mohsen, Muslim “college students” here on visas, who conducted an apparent dry run on a Tampa, Florida school bus.  They got on the bus in trenchcoats on a sweltering hot Florida day, and they refused to get off.  The two Arab Muslim men, here on Saudi Arabian-sponsored scholarships, were never even prosecuted.  And before that, in 2003, a Muslim couple entered several Baltimore area Jewish schools and synagogues, filming them, and sending the tapes to Saudi Arabia.  Clearly they were casing the joints for terrorist attacks.


Aaron Mohamed Lied to Get Through Security, Sneak Gun into School

And now there’s this from last night:

A 23-year-old man was under arrest after police said he entered the Creative and Performing Arts school building Downtown with a gun and alcohol and then injured a security guard as he tried to escape school grounds.

Aaron Darrand Mohamed was scheduled to be arraigned sometime today on charges of aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, criminal trespass, possessing a weapon, carrying a firearm without a license and possession of a weapon on school grounds.

School officials said they were still investigating how the man got into the building when he came through an entrance guarded by a school security guard. He entered through the school’s main entrance on Ninth Street.

“The gentlemen came through an entrance where there was security,” said Pittsburgh Public Schools spokeswoman Ebony Pugh. “We just are investigating how he was able to get through with the weapon.”

“The gentleman”?! Ha. I guess that’s like “my esteemed colleague.”

According to the criminal complaint, Mr. Mohamed came to the school’s entrance and told Alfonso Roberts, a security guard, that he was there to pick up a relative for an early dismissal. . . .

Mr. Roberts told Mr. Mohamed to remain at the entrance while he “went to verify the dismissal was legitimate.” When he returned to the entrance, Mr. Mohamed was gone.

Later, student Christopher Olds encountered Mr. Mohamed in the men’s bathroom on the building’s first floor. Christopher told police the man “appeared jumpy and kinda scared me,” the criminal complaint said. Christopher then said he saw Mr. Mohamed pick up a gun off of the bathroom sink and leave.

The student immediately notified a janitor who told security guards. Mr. Roberts again approached Mr. Mohamed and brought him into the security office. While Mr. Mohamed was being searched, a silver firearm fell to the ground. Mr. Mohamed immediately fled, heading for an exit on the Fort Duquesne Boulevard side of the building.

Mr. Roberts caught up to him, and a struggle ensued. The men eventually crashed through a glass door and ended up struggling on the sidewalk. A passer-by saw the two men and helped Mr. Jones detain Mr. Mohamed.

Mr. Roberts had to be taken to Allegheny General Hospital to be treated for cuts.

It was later determined that Mr. Mohamed was carrying a .38-caliber handgun, but it was not loaded, Ms. Pugh said.

Thank Heaven for small favors. It wasn’t loaded . . . this time. Next time, students might be dead. I feel like I just read a scene from the “Sleeper Cell 3” script. (No, sadly, there won’t be a third installment of Showtime’s excellent “Sleeper Cell,” but if there were, this real-life scene could be in it.)

Now, I’m sure I’ll get comments and e-mails from people telling me what a great guy Aaron Darrand Mohamed is, how he isn’t a religious Muslim, or how he’s just a nut or a pot-smoking criminal who has his name only because of some father who abandoned him or some other BS. That’s the usual response I get on these scary stories from those whose best accessory is the sand surrounding their upside down heads.

But clearly this guy, with a Muslim name, was up to something. And it was probably a dry run for something.

Reader Worry01 asks:

Was this a dry run? Did anyone think to contact the F.B.I.?

My answers: Probably. Probably not.

Sadly, that’s always the way it is in our consistently In Denial Nation.

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24 Responses

I fear a Beslan incident in the future. We have had ample warning of it, but we will still be entirely unprepared.

Worry01 on April 15, 2010 at 2:15 pm

America is “too polite” to survive. Citizens are afraid to offend, so they let them steal their lives through murder.

goldenmike4393 on April 15, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    PS I have been called a lot of things but never “too polite”…

    goldenmike4393 on April 15, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Quand il frappe, il y aura mutilation et crainte.

sorrow01 on April 15, 2010 at 3:08 pm

All A.D. Mohamed (ADM = Another Dumbass Muslim) has to do is have his lawyer give the PC line of “Guilty by being Muslim” to most judges and they would be sympathetic to him and give him leniency. ADM would probably have another lawyer file suit against the security guard for committing a hate crime against this innocent terrorist.

It’s too bad ADM didn’t crash thru the glass door and impale himself. It would have only been an accident, right? (heh)

Jarhead on April 15, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Everyday Jews and Israel are being verbally attacked etc. What can we do to help Jews and Israel?

gary on April 15, 2010 at 3:33 pm

We have to do what Israel did…..Arm the teachers.

Shootist on April 15, 2010 at 3:37 pm

I agree Debbie, calling this guy a ” gentleman”? Seems that’s the trend in every police press conference or press release. In those media outlets, the suspects especially if their male, are always refered to as “gentlemen”. Seems the police need to get a tip from John Stasol of America’s Most Wanted when he calls all perps as scumbags, slimeballs, etc. Some ACLU must have saying their client was smeared therefore he could not get a fair trial

Mario on April 15, 2010 at 6:21 pm

A scumbag is a scumbag! I don’t care what thay say their religion is, what color they are, how many gang tatoos they have, etc. THROW THE BOOK AT THE BUM! If I took a gun into a school in my state and this happened, I’d be locked up and never seen again. Why? Because I’m just a middle aged white guy…

Yankee Will on April 15, 2010 at 7:20 pm

While I agree there have been “dry runs” and other Islamist targeting operations, there is nothing showing this “gentleman” is anything other than a garden variety criminal scum. Now if his computer is stuffed with the collected speeches of Ayman Zawahiri or he has affiliations with Jihadist groups, then the conclusion is warranted. He could just be a drug addicted loser.

I am not saying it is not prudent to investigate, only to hold off on the conclusion. In fighting the long fight against Islamist terror, credibility and accuracy are potent weapons. We do ourselves no favor making an accusation off this meager gruel. It is right to ask the question but too soon to make the accusation.

You may now go back to your regularly scheduled defense of the nation.

Cole B. Seder on April 15, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    You may actually try reviewing Debbie’s ppst again. Why would a man break into a public school with a .38 caliber pistol? A public school is not a liquor store or bank. There is not alot of loose cash floating around at a public school. Debbie cited other instances in which Muslims cased or tested places in anticipation of attacking them in the future One could look at the “Flying Imam” case some years ago as another example of that. The Imams’ attorney even tried to sue people who witnessed the events. If you ware waiting for a computer full of Islamo-porn, you would miss mostg of what on all around you.

    Worry01 on April 15, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Another excellent post, Debbie.

JeffE on April 15, 2010 at 8:48 pm

“We just are investigating how he was able to get through with the weapon.”

are the police really that stupid or do they think we are? How??? Simple, the guard left his post, says it right there:

“Mr. Roberts told Mr. Mohamed to remain at the entrance while he “went to verify the dismissal was legitimate.” When he returned to the entrance, Mr. Mohamed was gone.”

They never mention if he in fact had any “relative” in the school. But as common as mohammad is becoming a lot of hands would probably go up.

ender on April 16, 2010 at 12:12 am

Slit my throat if you must, but please don’t call me a racist or an Islamophobe

Infidel Pride on April 16, 2010 at 2:29 am

The report said the .38 was unloaded? Did they perhaps check to see if Mohamad was carrying the rounds in his pocket? Or did he drop the rounds in a trash can before he was caught with the pistol? Or is there someone else involved with Mohamad, someone who might have been carrying the rounds for him.

kenny komodo on April 16, 2010 at 8:17 am

hi D, thanks for covering this. a few kids were talking about this as they go the art institiute of Pittsb not the performing arts school. they said it was nervous racking this happened in the downtown area.

LP on April 16, 2010 at 8:54 am

My daughter is going to that school next year. I promise you I will get to the bottom of this before she sets one foot in the school. They have brought in extra security guards and metal detectors as a deterrent for now. Cost of schools just went up.

burgerman47 on April 16, 2010 at 11:19 am

Once again Debbie, thanks for informing us of things we do not hear in the media. I am very grateful!

PDMac60 on April 16, 2010 at 6:51 pm

There’s good reason that you don’t read about this in the mainstream media: there’s no story here. How can we still think of this country as the “home of the brave” when everyone is scared of anyone with a Muslim name? Being a scaredy-cat is not necessarily patriotic either, if that’s what folks here are trying to be.

And its not appeasement to realize that many of the people who hate this country have a basis in reason where for decades we have not had a fair and balanced foreign policy toward Muslims. Of course, its a lot easier to stay ignorant and scared and hard work to get educated about American foreign policy.

Thomas J. Hillgardner on April 17, 2010 at 1:54 am

    You seem to have very little empathy for school children being put at risk, and a great deal for Islamists. Would you care to explain that? Also, Islamist terrorism is quite real. Do you need a listing of the incidents worldwide, as well as in the United States?

    “And its not appeasement to realize that many of the people who hate this country have a basis in reason where for decades we have not had a fair and balanced foreign policy toward Muslims.”

    Also, with this little rant quoted above, you really tipped your hand. Put down a real name or accurate nick, unless you are a cowardly little Islamo-dude.

    sorrow01 on April 19, 2010 at 4:01 am

I find all these comments very interesting. Except for on thing. I am long time friends with this young man’s mother. I will not try to justify his action. He broke the law and must face the music. But it is hard to hear all stuff. If someone had got killed so many family would have been in an up roar. Right now, there is alot of fear and talk. Right now a mother is facing the fact that her son is facing jail time. I dont care what his name is. Half of you really dont even know what you are talking about. The name does not determine you faith. You sons are John, James, Peter. Nothing righteous about them even though the name are of righteous men. Just pray for all involved all the way around.

progressive truth on April 20, 2010 at 10:27 pm

I know this kids mother too and trust me she does not care. All of her kids besides one of them are messed up. All of the boys besides one do drugs and beat up on their babys mother. This is not the first second or third time he has been arrested. He just got out of jail about 2 years ago. Hes not a muslim. Hes homeless, sells and does drugs, and does nothing for his child. End of story.

the real truth on June 6, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Aaron and I have been friends since we were children. Although I have never been one to agree with his life style, or many of the decisions he has made, he still has a heart. I know what you’re thinking, this person must be just like him, on drugs, getting into trouble, etc. No, I have never sold or used drugs, I graduated at the top of my class from high school, enlisted in the military, served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. I am now married with children of my own, and still serving in the reserves. So, no, I am not the company you would expect a thug, like Aaron to be. Underneath the rough, outlayer of Aaron, is a good person that makes many of the dumbest decisions. I can recall many times I need a friend to just sit and listen to problems of my own. Or, when I was going to Iraq the first time, and scared beyond belief, he reassured me that I would be ok. I thought I would leave, and if I came home, none of my friends or family would be the same. He reminded me that family will always be there. There were many times he helped me, and that’s why it breaks my heart to see people, who do not know him, and are unfamiliar with the story, to judge. I have never been one to judge, and have always remained as open-minded an optimistic as possible in every given situation. Aaron messed up, bad. There is absolutely no denying that. There is no reason why anyone, for any reason should enter a school with a weapon (loaded or not) or with alcohol. However, jumping on an anti-Arab bandwagon because of someone’s last name, and slandering him because of what you think you know, puts you among the lowest of people. Also, a name does not define your religion or personal beliefs. Aaron is not even Muslim, the name was given to him, just like all of yours. I empathize with the children and families, because I know how terrifying that must have been. But before you judge someone, be sure you know the person you are judging, as you know yourself.

An Old Friend on January 25, 2012 at 10:55 am

Like I said back on June 6th 2010. This wasn’t a dry run. His brother that I was talking about, Anthony Mohammed, just got arrested for shooting a taxi driver yesterday because he was Islamic. Here is the story:


the real truth on December 10, 2015 at 11:37 am

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