Noor Salman deliberately misled police to help her husband, the Florida gunman who killed 49 people in a massacre at the Pulse nightclub, according to a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday.
Salman, the widow of Omar Mateen, “did knowingly aid and abet” her husband’s efforts to support ISIS for at least two months before last June’s shooting spree in Orlando, the two-count document said.
The 30-year-old woman gave false information to police on the day of the attack, according to the indictment, hindering federal agents investigating the incident.
Mateen died in a shootout with authorities on June 12 after holding terrified hostages at the Pulse nightclub and pledging allegiance to ISIS in phone calls with police negotiators.
More than 50 people were injured in the nightclub carnage
Salman has been charged with aiding and abetting the support of a terrorist organization and obstruction of justice.
She was arrested early Monday at her Bay Area home. She moved from Fort Pierce, Florida, after her husband’s killing spree. She and her 4-year-old son live near her family.
Salman has given contradictory statements to investigators, according to authorities. She initially said she had previously visited the popular gay club with her husband and had accompanied him when he bought ammunition, officials said.
But she did not know he planned a terror attack, Salmon said, according to authorities.
Her attorney said Monday Salman had no knowledge of her husband’s plot and had been a victim of verbal and physical abuse throughout her marriage to Mateen.
Salman is expected to appear in federal court in Oakland on Tuesday.