Nicolas Teausant was a criminal justice student at San Joaquin Delta Community College in Stockton, and the news of his terrorism arrest Monday morning spread quickly around campus.
Students say Teausant didn’t go by his given name, but asked to be called Assad, and the stories he told didn’t add up.
Other students said he wore traditional Muslim clothing occasionally to school and listened to Muslim rap music that could be heard blasting from his headphones. Still, they never thought what was going through his mind was allegedly killing Americans.
“That is really, really weird. I don’t know, it’s just kind of shocking, to be honest,” one student said. “He is American. Why would he want to do that?”
Teausant is accused of plotting to help al-Qaida, and allegedly told his plans to an undercover FBI agent. He was arrested Monday at the Canadian border.
Even the mosque in Lodi, that Teausant claimed to be a member of on Facebook, said they had only seen him once. He was there Saturday, the day the FBI says he left for Canada. A man who asked to only be called Mohammed said he came prayed and then was flashing his passport around.
“It wasn’t creepy-creepy, but it was creepy,” Mohammed said. “He popped out of nowhere and stuff, he didn’t look crazy at that time.”