Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke is struggling to figure out the motive for the California knifing by Faisal Mohammad.
Question for analysis:
Is he truthful? Is he really struggling to find the motive?
He said that Faisal Mohammad wrote about "beheading" and "Praise Allah" in his written document.
Here are some of Van Warnke's statements.
First, regarding the slasher's manifesto:
“No. 27 was to ‘make sure people are tied down,’ No. 28 was “sit down and praise Allah. I remember seeing four or five times, scribbled on the side of the two-page manifesto, where he wrote something like ‘praise Allah.’”
Here, with the suspect shot dead, the investigator "remembers" something he said was written "four or five times." If something is written this often, given the context and the time elapsed, what would cause, "I remember" in his language? The phrase he "remembers" seeing is "praise Allah" which he ascribes to being "four or five times." This should suffice to leave a strong imprint in memory, unless the subject, himself, struggles with memory. We look at his next quote to see if this same word will be needed, or if he struggles with detail. Context is important. If this is a regular event (knifings) and much time has passed, we could expect some vagueness in detail.
Since it has only been days, and the context is violence ending with the suspect shot dead, who had planned this assault, it is likely that "I remember" is an indication of reluctance on Warnke's part.
The manifesto has not been released, but Warnke expects it to be within the next few days.
Mohammad’s intended bloodbath began around 8 a.m.,when he burst into his classroom with an 8-inch hunting knife. Police said it would have continued - and possibly claimed lives - if he hadn’t been interrupted by a construction team, and then shot dead by police.
Here he references the manifesto again, but without the word "remember."
Please note the abundance of detail given without this word employed, making it very important above:
“There was a gruesome statement he made about wanting to cut someone’s head off and kill two people with one bullet, and he planned to shoot the police,” Warnke said. “He did not have a firearm with him and didn’t seem to have a lot of experience with firearms because he thought he could kill two people with one bullet. He reminded himself in the list to raise the gun slowly. He scripted everything out in chronological order.”
Warnke continued to maintain that there is no evidence Mohammed is tied to a terrorist group or was inspired by terrorists.
“There was nothing to indicate he was doing this because of Allah, or because he was going to be rewarded with 72 virgins, or because of ties to a terror group,” Warnke said. “He appeared to be a devout Muslim, on the strong side of the belief.”
The reluctance to say "a plus be equals c" becomes more evidence in the repletion of the word "Allah." He quotes it above, and makes it sensitive here, with the deceptive claim that "there was" (not, "there is...")
In using "I remember", we see, in complete context (smaller and greater) that there is no reason to use this word; it is "unnecessary" language; making it very important to him. That he feels the need to buttress "praise Allah" written "four or five times", is sensitive to him and we are able to see why this is.
From his quotes we see that Sheriff Van Warnke knows the motive of the attacks is Islamic terror from the koran, but he does want to reveal this.