MINNEAPOLIS, June 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- An elderly Good Samaritan was walking a Minneapolis street in May when he noticed two men in a parked vehicle litter onto the pavement. He told the men to pick up their refuse but they did not comply. While attempting to write down the car's license information to report the incident, both men exited the vehicle and became confrontational. When the men mentioned that they were carrying firearms, the Good Samaritan flagged down a nearby police officer for help.
Even when the officer attempted to calm the situation, both men continued to be aggressive. The officer decided to place them under arrest for the time being, determining that they were posing a real threat to the elderly man. Searching their vehicle was found to be a reasonable next step, considering the men claimed to be armed.
Inside the vehicle, officers found a weapons cache, as well as a horde of electronics equipment, phones, and computers. The weapons were varied but included at least one hand grenade and an assault rifle. The electronics were believed to have been the right components to build a bomb and a drone. Objects deemed dangerous or suspicious were confiscated by police and are not expected to be returned.
One of the men – Majid Al Rifahe – was charged with misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct and released the same day. The other man and Majid's brother, Abdullah Al Rifahe, was charged with carrying a firearm in public without the right permit, a felony crime. He remains in jail with a $200,000 bond, which was escalated due to the fact that he had recently been convicted of the same gun crime.
Just days after the incident, the Good Samaritan was walking along the street when he was once again confronted by Majid, who drove on the wrong side of the street just to get near him. He reportedly intimidated the Good Samaritan with visual cues, including threatening hand gestures. The Good Samaritan has since mentioned that he is afraid to leave his home.
Upon hearing of the Good Samaritan's harrowing situation, Attorney Joseph Tamburino of Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. in Minneapolis offered up his legal services pro bono to help the man seek a protective restraining order. The Hennepin County judge hearing the case approved of an emergency protection order. Attorney Tamburino has stated that he felt he had to do his part and help protect a Good Samaritan who was "just doing the right thing […]"
More information regarding this ongoing story can be found in an article published by StarTribune (http://m.startribune.com/man-who-helped-police-uncover-gun-and-bomb-making-device-arsenal-seeks-protection/425799803/?section=%2F). Inquiring parties can visit http://www.caplantamburino.com/ to learn more about Attorney Tamburino and Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. in Minneapolis.
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SOURCE Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A.