Family of suspect arrested in plotting Kansas attack releases statement

Courtesy : Sedgwick County Jail - Patrick Stein
Courtesy : Sedgwick County Jail - Patrick Stein

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The family of Patrick Stein, one of the three men arrested in a plot attack Somali immigrants in Kansas, has released a statement through their lawyer, Dan Monnat.

“The Stein family is shocked and devastated by the news we received last Friday. We do not support the discrimination of any sort and never advocated or condoned violence as a solution to differences. We are extremely grateful to local law enforcement, KBI, FBI, and any other entity involved in the intervention of the alleged plot. We fully support the investigative process and ask that our privacy be respected at this most difficult time. We especially ask that the media cease pursuing us at our homes and places of work. Beyond this request for peace and privacy, neither my attorney nor any family members wishes to comment further to the media. Thank you for your understanding.”

Curtis Wayne Allen, Patrick Eugene Stein and Gavin Wayne Wright to remain in custody after federal prosecutor Anthony Mattivi said they pose a danger to the community. Birzer scheduled detention hearings for Stein and Wright for Friday and for Allen next Monday.

The trio is charged in a criminal complaint that was unsealed Friday with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction. The complaint alleges the men planned to detonate truck bombs around a small Garden City apartment complex where about 120 Somalis live and that they had discussed attacking area churches that helped settle the refugees and get them jobs.

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