The family of terror suspect Everitt Jameson is still in shock and refuses to believe the allegations against him. They describe Jameson as a good kid who is going through a tough time in his life after losing his kids in a custody battle. Unlike federal agents, they don’t believe he could ever carry out a terror attack.
“Things sometimes get twisted and you guys don’t know the full story, so please give him a chance,” said Everitt Jameson’s sister Shantel.
Federal agents say 26-year-old Everitt Jameson was planning to kill people in an ISIS inspired terror attack in San Francisco on Christmas Day. Investigators believe he has visited the Merced Islamic Center, but leaders say they aren’t familiar with him.
In a quiet Merced neighborhood neighbors saw him frequently. His sister Shantel says Everitt is not the man described in court documents.
“He would never do something like this. and he’s a great man and he’s raised me. He’s fought for his kids so hard. He’s a great man and I want people to know that,” Shantel said.
Jameson’s step mother says he recently lost his kids in a custody battle and it’s been devastating, but he is not a radicalized terrorist.
“The only think I can think of that is remotely close to this is he was so despondent and depressed about losing his kids that he tried to find solace somewhere else and I don’t think the magnitude and the reality of the religion with him is where everybody thinks it is,” said Jameson’s stepmom Nicole Vallejo.
Neighbors say it was disturbing to see unmarked vehicles carrying federal agents on their street, but say they are thankful law enforcement stepped in.
“I think it’s Merced’s Christmas Miracle. It just goes to show how well our government… I think our government is great… and they potentially stopped something really horrific from happening,” one Merced resident said.
Everitt Jameson will now face federal prosecutors who will try to prove he intended to take American lives in a terror attack. Those who know him best say he’s not capable of something so evil.
“I’ve known my brother all my life and he has raised me of 21 years and I’ve never thought of him to do something like this. He may be hurt and hurting, but I would never think he would do something like this, but I don’t believe he’d ever in his heart be able to do this,” said Shantel Jameson.
Jameson’s father says he never saw this coming. He says he was just with Everitt at the Raiders and Cowboys game in Oakland last weekend. Jameson’s family says at the end of they day they are thankful nobody is hurt.