CBN News Uncovers Details in NC Jihad Case

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RALEIGH, N.C. - CBN News has uncovered new details about the alleged Islamic terrorist cell broken up outside Raleigh, N.C., last month.

The group's accused ringleader, Daniel Boyd, is accused of recruiting young men for violent jihad.

CBN News was able to speak to some of Boyd's neighbors, co-workers and fellow Muslims.

Read more about this case in Erick's blog, Stakelbeck on Terror.

So far, much of what has been reported about him in the media has focused on what a great neighbor and family man he was.

However, two business owners in a local strip mall where Boyd once operated a Muslim store paint a much different picture.

They told CBN News that Boyd actually broke into his former property after selling it and stole several storage shelves.

They say the theft occurred just a week or so before Boyd was arrested.

Then there was his former boss, Larry Schug, who said Boyd was difficult to work with.

"If I can't get a hold of you, that's a problem.  It becomes a problem for me," he said.

Boyd's former neighbors, on the other hand, continue to speak highly of him.   One told CBN News that Boyd was a an "advice giver" for young people in the neighborhood.  Another said he and his family were full of empathy and kindness.

Yet, a local Muslim who's well-plugged into Raleigh's Islamic community told CBN News that it is hard to argue with anything in the indictment against Boyd.

The source added that Boyd often talked about waging violent jihad and was a charismatic figure who attracted young people with his radical message.

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Erick Stakelbeck

Erick Stakelbeck

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Erick Stakelbeck is a sought after authority on terrorism and national security issues with extensive experience in television, radio, and print media. Stakelbeck is a correspondent and terrorism analyst for CBN News.  Follow Erick on Twitter @Staks33.