Residents react to terror arrest in their neighborhood

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RANCHO BERNARDO, Calif. — “They came in, guns drawn and took him. I thought it was drugs,” said Tim Rand, who lives in the same Rancho Bernardo neighborhood where FBI agents arrested suspected terrorist, Mohammad Saeed Kodaimati.

“I was surprised. This is a very quiet neighborhood,” said Editha Adams, who lives just a few doors down from where investigators arrested Kodaimati around 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Alameda neighborhood on Pomerado Road.

No one answered the door at the residence Thursday.

One neighbor who feared going on camera said Kodaimati and others living at the home weren’t the friendliest of neighbors and kept to themselves.

The resident also said Kodaimati, who federal investigators said returned from dealing with terrorists in Syria just last month, had recently moved in to the home.

Neighbors said the 24-year-old man was a chain smoker and often worked with maps, which some found suspicious.

“Who uses maps and for what?” said Rand.

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