Man arrested in quest to kill bin Laden from Colorado
The man arrested in Pakistan on a mission to kill Osama bin Laden had lived in Greeley, his friend confirmed.
Daren Paredes said Gary Brooks Faulkner is on dialysis.
“He’s a good guy, a great guy,” said Paredes, who worked for Faulkner for a time in Greeley in the construction business.
The Associated Press reported that Faulkner was arrested with a pistol and a 40-inch sword crossing from Pakistan into the nearby Afghan province of Nuristan because he had “heard bin Laden was living there,” according to officer Mumtaz Ahmad Khan.
Khan also said the man had a small amount of hashish in his possession.
Faulkner was picked up in a forest in the Chitral region late on Sunday, he said.
“We initially laughed when he told us that he wanted to kill Osama bin Laden,” the AP reported Khan said. But he said when officers seized the pistol, the sword, a dagger and night-vision equipment, “our suspicion grew.” Faulkner was questioned Tuesday by intelligence officials in Peshawar, the main northwestern city.
U.S. Embassy spokesman Richard Snelsire told the Associated Press that the mission had received notification from Pakistani officials that an American citizen had been arrested. He said embassy officials were trying to meet the man and confirm his identity.
Dr. Scott Faulkner, Gary Faulkner’s brother, spoke to CNN from his home in Colorado.
“My brother is not crazy,” Scott Faulkner told CNN. “He is highly intelligent and loves his country and has not forgotten what Osama has done to this country.”
Gary Faulkner, 50, was born in California but moved to Colorado in 1968, his family said.
He has been arrested several times in Colorado over the years, according to Colorado Bureau of Investigation Records. He served prison sentences in Canon City, at least twice, in 1981 and 1986, on burglary and larceny convictions, according to CBI records.
In 1996, Faulkner was sentenced to one year in the Denver County Jail on a domestic violence assault conviction, according to Denver court records.
More recently, Faulkner was arrested in Greeley in 2006 on a misdemeanor “failure to appear” warrant from another jurisdiction, according to records.
Faulkner’s sister confirmed to The New York Daily News that her brother is the man in Pakistan and has kidney problems.
Gary Brooks Faulkner “is dying,” Deanna Faulkner of Grand Junction told the newspaper for its online edition today.
“He only has 9 percent kidney function, and the only thing that can cure him is a transplant,” she told the Daily News. “He needs dialysis three times a week. I’m guessing that he wanted to do one last thing for his country before he died.”
She said the Associated Press her brother isn’t in danger of dying anytime soon unless he doesn’t get dialysis in a week or two.
“My brother is extremely religious since his troubled youth,” she told the Daily News. “He’s not crazy.”
Khan told the Associated Press that Faulkner was also carrying a book containing Christian verses and teachings.
When asked why he thought he had a chance of tracing bin Laden, Faulkner replied, “God is with me, and I am confident I will be successful in killing him,” said Khan.
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