Arlington woman could face federal charges after chase

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by MONIKA DIAZ / WFAA-TV

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Posted on February 15, 2010 at 12:28 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 15 at 1:14 PM

An Arlington woman could face federal charges this week after police say they found several suspicious incendiary devices in her vehicle on Saturday night.

Kimberly "Asma" Al-Homsi, 45, is behind bars at the Arlington jail and already facing charges that include evading arrest with injury to an officer, possession of a prohibited weapon and two counts of making terroristic threats.

Her bail has been set at $210,000.

Nearly three years ago, Al-Homsi was the focus of a local and federal law enforcement crime bulletin. Investigators said she was scouting runways and planes with binoculars at Dallas Love Field with a friend.

News 8 sat down with Al-Homsi in 2007. She voiced her anger against the U.S. government and claimed to have ties to Osama bin Laden's former personal secretary, but denied being a terrorist.

"I don't like the U.S. government," said Al-Homsi in the 2007 interview. "The American people, I don't have a problem with them."

On Saturday night, police say Al-Homsi and 18-year-old Yasinul Alan Ansari led them on a chase around 5 p.m. Officers tried to stop their pickup truck after someone called 911 claiming the pair flashed a gun during a road rage incident.

Ansari is being held on charge of possession of a prohibited weapon with his bail set at $100,000.

Investigators said one of suspects stated that there was an incendiary device in the vehicle when officers were taking them into custody.

News 8 has learned that the Fort Worth Bomb Unit discovered three pipe-like items containing suspicious materials inside the truck, including a toy gun. Sources told us the suspects' homes in Arlington were also searched.

The scene is similar to one that played out in Garland five years ago, when Al-Homsi was involved in another road rage incident. At the time, police said she threatened a driver with an inert grenade. The city's bomb squad later found ammunition in her car.

After that incident, investigators kept their eye on Al-Homsi, and at one point, she was on the government's "no-fly" list. They claimed she had sniper and explosives training.

In 2007, Al-Homsi told News 8 that she was being harassed for her religious beliefs.

"If I didn't have a scarf on my head, and it was a simple road rage like that, then I would not be on the terrorist watch," she said.

Al-Homsi's run-ins with police even include a six-hour standoff in Arlington in July of 2007. Officers arrested her. They found a pipe that was made into a gun, black powder, shotgun shells, pipes and putty.

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