Former co-worker of terror plot suspect speaks

Posted at 8:02 PM, Jan 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-27 12:02:44-05

"It just is shocking...everyone is dumbfounded."

Samy Mohamed Hamzeh didn't seem to reveal the kind of behavioral pattern or thought processes which a criminal complaint alleges that he did, which led to his arrest on suspicion he was planning a terrorist attack on Milwaukee.

Matt, a guy who says he worked with Hamzeh at a local company said he didn't see any reason to believe he had motivations or plans for such an attack.

"He was a friendly guy. It's crazy. That's all I have to say about it....fricking crazy. I would never expect that to come from him," said Matt on "Wisconsin's Afternoon News."

"I worked with him for the last two or three years. I saw nothing like this out of this guy."

Matt said Hamzeh was interested in guns, but did not have any sort of anti-American sentiment in discussions.

"He always stood by his country. He would always talk about how he would love his country. He said he liked being here. I never saw any of this coming."

Some of the language Hamzeh gave in alleged recordings of his plans seem to reveal anti-Masonic beliefs, leading to his reported plan to attack a Milwaukee Masonic lodge.

Hamzeh was fired recently from a job he worked at a local gym.