“Now, I am target,” Mr. Tatar said, standing in the deserted restaurant on Thursday afternoon. “How do I know some kid won’t come and. ...” Instead of finishing the sentence, he raised the thumb of his right hand and jabbed his forefinger, riddling the air with invisible bullets.
Everything has changed for Mr. Tatar since the authorities arrested his 23-year-old son, Serdar, along with five others they described as radical Islamists, on charges of plotting to attack the Fort Dix military reservation, and said that Super Mario’s was where they obtained a map of the base.
Federal prosecutors said there were no indications that the elder Mr. Tatar had any idea about the plot, and the father said he and his son had grown largely estranged in recent years as Serdar’s religious zealotry increased.