Noor Salman, the wife of Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen whose terroristic rampage left 49 people dead and dozens more wounded, has been arrested by the FBI and charged with obstructing the investigation into the mass shooting.
In the wake of the grisly attack, investigators interviewed Salman for several hours and determine that she was lying about her knowledge of Mateen’s plans. After the FBI initially declined to press charges, Salman disappeared from the public eye for several months and prompted widespread speculation as to her whereabouts.
Authorities have revealed that Salman was living in a home outside of San Francisco with her young son at the time of her arrest. She will make her initial appearance at a federal court on Tuesday in Oakland, California.
Salman’s lawyer, Linda Moreno, has argued that Salman had no “foreknowledge” of the attack on the Pulse nightclub, painting her as a victim of frequent abuse at Mateen’s hands. However, authorities have also charged Salman with aiding and abetting terrorism, which indicates that they believe otherwise.
Despite the fact that she even accompanied Mateen to Orlando when he went to go scout out the club for the deadly massacre, Salman claimed that she believed he was visiting a friend. Of the ammunition that he purchased in the days before the shooting, Salman insisted that she had no clue it would be used for violent purposes.