Omar Alkattoul, 18, lives in Sayreville, Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States with his father Mousa Alkattoul, 64. They previously lived in Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey.
“I am the attacker and I would like to introduce myself,” Omar wrote in a manifesto titled “When Swords Collide”. “I am a Muslim with so many regrets but I can assure you this attack is not one of them and Insha’Allah many more attacks like these against the enemy of Allah and the pigs and monkeys will come.”
In the manifesto, Omar accused the Jews of promoting “the biggest hatred against Muslimeen”. He wrote about an attack that would remind the Jews that as long as one Muslim remains in this would, the Jews “will never live a pleasant life until the Muslims in Palestine, Syria, West Africa and South Asia are living a pleasant life”.
On November 1, 2022, Omar used social media applications to send the manifesto to at least six people. He explained to one of the recipients that he wrote the manifesto “in the context of an attack on Jews”.
On November 3, 2022, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents interviewed Omar at his home in Sayreville. The teenager told the agents that he had been “radicalized” online and that he had said anti-Semitic things “in a joking manner”.
On November 4, 2022, FBI agents interviewed Omar again. When they searched his iPhone, they found a conversation in which the teenager referred to the manifesto he had been writing.
At around 6:00 a.m. on November 10, 2022, Omar was arrested at his home in Sayreville. He was charged with one count of transmitting a threat in interstate and foreign commerce.