By Michael Slother - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbockites were shocked to hear that a suspected terrorist was plotting attacks around the country from the Hub City.
KCBD NewsChannel 11 spent nearly an hour in a busy shopping center asking folks for their reactions to the arrest of the suspected terrorist. About two-thirds of the people we talked with were stunned and angry. More surprising was that the other third of the people hadn't heard about the arrest. Out of everyone we spoke to nobody expected it could happen here.
"My reaction was shock that it was somebody on the South Plains. You hear about this in big cities in other parts of the United States, but I'm glad they caught him," Frank Trezell told us.
"It's too close to home," said Nanette Binder.
Armando Ojeda was in one of Aldawsari's classes at Texas Tech. "I'm just astonished. There are no words to describe the feeling that he was right there in some of the same courses, studying, taking notes and stuff like that," he said.
Lubbock Mayor Tom Martin is one of the thousands who didn't expect to have a suspected terrorist in the Hub City. "It's a terrible thing that we have people in our country that are doing this, but It's very rewarding and reassuring that our local law enforcement and federal and state agencies can work together to take them down," he said.
"You know they're doing their job when they can catch somebody like that on the south plains. That says a lot for what they're doing," said Trezell.
"I thought they did a good job, they got on it pretty quick I guess," Binder said.
"It's a small west Texas town. It's a big city, but it's a small community and to have that sort of thing going on, it's an eye opener," Ojeda said.
Now that the Aldawsari is behind bars, everyone wants to know what will happen next.
"My personal opinion, they shouldn't even have a trial," Trezell told us.
"This is west Texas. I'm sure he'll be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," Martin said.
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