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Thursday, 06 February 2014 15:05

Stradivarius Thief Tied to Congresswoman's Son Featured

Written by  Amber Trucke and Lou D'Abbraccio
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Three suspects are now in custody in the theft of a rare $5 million violin. One of those suspects has ties to US Congresswoman Gwen Moore’s (D-Wis.) son Sowande A. Omokunde, known publicly by his alias 'Supreme Solar Allah.' 

 

Universal Knowledge Allah, 36, Salah Jones, 41, and Latoya Atlas, 32, have all been arrested in conjunction with the investigation of the theft of a rare Stradivarius violin in Milwaukee last week. Furthermore, AP reporter Tom Bauer reports that one of the suspects, Universal, is reported to have been a barber of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Salah was convicted in 1999 of receiving stolen art property in another high profile case, reported WISN.  

 

 

According to a 2002 story in Riverwest Currents, then 25 year old Universal Allah and Supreme Allah were partners in a non-profit organization called Street Academy of Cream City Mentors. Both men are also members of Five-Percent Nation, a religion sometimes also referred to as NGE, or Nation of Gods and Earths. The Street Academy of Cream City is a branch of the NGE.   

 

The NGE has been controversial since its inception in the 1960s. It teaches its members that black people are the “original” people and that the “white devil” was created thousands of years ago by a black scientist. The changing of their names reflects the belief that each black man, himself, is God personified.

 

Moore’s son, Supreme Allah, was convicted in 2005 of criminal damage to property after he and 3 others slashed the tires of vans rented by the Republican Party of Wisconsin. These vans were meant to transport the elderly and disabled to voting stations. Since then, he has stayed out of the public eye; however, he and Universal Allah are still “friends” on Facebook. It is unknown how active Moore’s son is within the NGE, though on Facebook he still goes by Supreme S. Allah.

 

G.B. Jones, acting special agent in charge with the FBI in Milwaukee says he is “confident” the suspects are responsible for the theft. 

Last modified on Thursday, 06 February 2014 23:30

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