Third suspect in Kansas terror plot back in court on Monday

Curtis Allen (Courtesy Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office)
Curtis Allen (Courtesy Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – One of the three suspects accused of conspiring to bomb an apartment complex in Garden City, where 120 Somali immigrants live, will be back in court Monday.

Curtis Allen is set to have his detention hearing in U.S. Magistrate Judge Gwynne Birzer’s courtroom.

In a 24-page court document released Thursday, it shows Allen was arrested on October 11th by the Liberal Police Department.

His arrest was in regards to a domestic battery incident at his home, involving his girlfriend.

The documents say the following day, LPD searched Allen’s home and G&G Mobile Home Center, a business that is owned by one of the suspects, Gavin Wright.

That particular business is also where Allen was employed.

LPD found several materials inside the business, including hydrogen peroxide, they say could be used in making explosive devices.

Also, they found a yellow binder and paperwork labeled “The Anarchist Cookbook.”

Police searched Allen’s home as well, finding several handguns, at least four ammo cans full of ammunition, and 13 boxes of ammunition.

In all, the court documents state the LPD officers found and seized close to a metric ton of ammunition from Allen’s residence.

According to those documents, Allen is barred by federal law from possessing any firearms or ammunition due to a prior conviction for domestic battery.

This comes after the other two suspects, Gavin Wright and Patrick Stein, each appeared in court on Friday.

During Wright’s hearing, he opted to waive his detention hearing and plead not guilty.

Wright’s decision means the 51-year-old from Liberal remains in federal custody pending trial.

Patrick Stein also plead not guilty to conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction.

Judge Birzer ruled that Stein would remain in jail while he awaits trial. Birzer said Stein poses a “grave danger.”