South Florida

Friends Defend Man Accused of Threatening to Kill Boss

A South Florida man is behind bars after detectives said he revealed a cruel plot to gun down his boss. A police report also reveals the suspect has a twisted fascination with ISIS.

20-year-old Enrique Dominguez has been charged with aggravated assault. He worked at a bicycle distributor where he allegedly spoke to co-workers about plans to kill his boss and others.

Dominguez appeared in bond court over the weekend, accused of expressing intent to become radicalized and plotting to kill his supervisor.

According to the arrest affidavit, Dominguez was heard by a co-worker saying he would pledge his allegiance to Allah on Jan. 26, pick up a rifle he had purchased, and bring it to work to kill his boss. 

Dominguez's attorney tried to argue there is no probable cause. His friends said these are all false accusations.

"He's a good person. I've known him for a really long time," said Daniel Cuervas, friend.

The report states when detectives searched Dominguez's room, a firearm was recovered along with a canvas bag containing a clown mask, duct tape, plastic wrap, latex gloves and two large knives. 

The man also allegedly said he planned to dress as the Joker and showed co-workers ISIS execution videos that he researched.

"Everybody has duct tape in their houses, everybody has knives. He likes collecting knives. This is blown out of proportion," another friend said.

No one answered the door at the home address listed on the arrest form. Throughout the day, security guards walked up and down the property at Dominguez's former workplace where employees and management said they will not comment on the case.

"I know where his heart is at and I know he would never do something like that. That's what I'm trying to clear up," Cuervas said.

As far as pledging allegiance to Allah, his friends are adamant that he is Christian and said they would've known if he had plans to do what he's accused of.

Dominguez remains in jail on hold. NBC 6 reached out to his attorney for comment but has not received a response.

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