A federal judge has sealed the search warrant of the apartment of Joel “Henry” Hinrichs III, who blew himself up during an Oklahoma University football game.
An accounting of the explosives found in that apartment has not been made public. Hinrichs was within 100 yards of Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Sept. 1 when he blew himself up while OU played Kansas State in football.
Oklahoma City authorities said the U.S. Justice Department asked that the warrant be sealed but would not say why. They would confirm that an investigation is still underway.
WorldNetDaily reported that investigators found “Islamic jihad” material in Hinrichs’ apartment when they searched it. Hinrichs attended a mosque near his university-owned apartment – the same one attended by Zacharias Moussaoui, the only person charged in connection with the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Three Middle Eastern students were questioned by police Saturday night.
WorldNetDaily also reported that the feed-store owner who refused to sell Hinrichs fertilizer that could be used to fashion explosives says an off-duty Norman, Okla., police officer witnessed the attempted transaction. Dustin Ellison, owner of Ellison Seed and Feed in Norman said the officer was standing no more than “two to three feet away” from him and Hinrichs when the former OU student attempted to buy ammonium nitrate – a principle ingredient in the bomb that destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City April 19, 1995 – Sept. 29. just two days before committing suicide.
Ellison also told WND he informed Hinrichs the store didn’t carry any ammonium nitrate and then asked Hinrichs why he needed it. The store owner says the OU junior, who was majoring in mechanical engineering, became visibly nervous, close-mouthed and stammering.
The officer copied down his license number and checked for warrants. He found nothing but later wrote a report of the suspicious actions. He did not talk to the FBI until Sunday, the day after the bombing.
Following the incident, OU President David Boren made the following statement, “We are apparently dealing with an individual suicide which is under full investigation. At no time was anyone in the stadium in danger. Law enforcement officers and bomb experts on site were activated in the area immediately. As soon as the area was secured and the area was sealed, I ordered a thorough search of the garage area near the stadium by the trained bomb dog team.” Further search of the lower levels outside the stadium and a thorough sweep was ordered by Boren. Prior to the game, the entire stadium was swept by the expert bomb teams with the help of dogs. Passouts were suspended during the halftime for security reasons in order to enhance safety for the fans. A second device which was found during the initial search has been detonated
“We have no information that suggests that there is any additional threat posed by others related to this incident,” Boren said. “The university has taken every possible action to ensure safety.”
Classes resumed as scheduled on Monday.
Boren said on Oct. 2 that he was notified that further investigation has confirmed there was no second device. The second detonation was the bomb squad making sure that there was not a second device. “Some quickly rushed to the conclusion that the bomber must have been a Middle Eastern terrorist,” Boren wrote in a letter to students dated Oct. 6. “There were video shots of international students on Oklahoma campuses as this speculation was reported.
“I have been assured by law enforcement officials (including federal officers) that they have found no evidence of a conspiracy which creates an ongoing threat to our OU community.”
Boren vowed to inform students and parents of any change that would point to a conspiracy.