Residents react to terrorist arrests

July 28, 2009 4:27:42 AM PDT
Following the arrests of seven suspected terrorists in North Carolina, residents in the rural Wake County Shadow Oaks subdivision said they never suspected their neighbors of terrorist activity.Daniel Boyd, his two sons and four others faced were in court Monday charged with terrorist related activities after years of investigations.

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Neighbors said they had known Daniel Boyd as a friendly family oriented man who moved to the neighborhood five years ago.

"Our kids play with their kids," resident Heather Roegner said. "Their kids are always out in the neighborhood playing with all the other neighborhood kids."

Some neighbors said they knew the Boyd's were Muslim, but they did not recall any political conversations which might have hinted at radical violent beliefs.

"Other than the prejudice of Muslims that we all have, and a lot of us have from the 9/11, you would never suspect there was anything going on," one neighbor said.

Many neighbors did tell Eyewitness News about a bonding moment in 2007, when Daniel Boyd's 16-year-old son was killed in a car wreck.

"Their son died just about a year and a half ago and we went down and visited with them," another neighbor said. "They're just super nice people, haven't had a problem at all with them."

"He was always a very nice man," neighbor Rob Roegner said. "He was still a very nice person, even in the middle of that."

Residents also in Caswell County, where some of the alleged terrorist training took place, said they were shocked and concerned that that type of thing could happen there.

"I really can't believe it, not here in Caswell County," resident Chandra Vanhook said. "You don't see anything around here but tobacco and cows. Terrorists? That's a bit much don't you think? It makes you feel unsafe anyway, if you can't be safe in the county where can you be safe at."

The sheriff of Caswell County was unavailable Monday night for comment on what if any assistance his office may have played in the investigation leading to the arrests.


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