Muslim Man Who Beheaded Coworker Told Investigators: Allah ‘Wants Us to Get the Oppressors Out’

NORMAN, Okla. — A Muslim man from Oklahoma who beheaded his coworker three years ago after being suspended from the job told investigators that Allah “wants us to get the oppressors out,” as per recorded audio played during his trial on Wednesday.

“You know the Muslim is somebody who submits their will to Allah … Whatever he wants done, that’s what we do,” Alton Nolen, now 33, told police in 2014. “And you know he wants us to get the oppressors out of this place.”

He said that he acted out because he felt he was being treated differently by his coworkers because he is a follower of Islam.

“I don’t feel regret, because you know what I’ve done,” Nolen stated. “That’s probably going to make Vaughan Foods a better place to work for a Muslim.”

As previously reported, in Sept. 2014, days following his suspension from Vaughan Foods over alleged comments about Caucasians, Nolen entered the front office, where he encountered Colleen Huffort and began attacking her with a knife.

“He did kill Colleen and did sever her head,” police spokesperson Jeremy Lewis stated in a press release following the incident.

Nolen then began attacking coworker Traci Johnson who caught the attention of others in the building with her screaming. One of those who heard Johnson’s cries for help was Chief Operating Officer Mark Vaughn, who also served as an Oklahoma county reserve deputy. Being armed at the time, he shot Nolen, saving Johnson’s life.

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“This was not going to stop if he didn’t stop it,” Lewis remarked. “It could have gotten a lot worse.”

Others in the building locked themselves in their offices and called 911. Police arrived on the scene minutes later.

Nolen was hospitalized and was interviewed by police while in the hospital.

On Wednesday, Johnson was one of those who testified in court for the prosecution. She explained that she heard Huffort screaming like bloody murder and hurried to see what was wrong.

“When I saw the defendant, I was frozen,” she said. “I couldn’t move. And I saw the knife with the blood, … and he made a mad dash toward me and pushed me up against the wall and held me up with his forearm against the wall and just started splicing my neck.”

“He wouldn’t stop,” Johnson recalled. “He was just going back and forth like he was cutting a piece of meat.”

The trial is scheduled to resume on Monday, when the defense will be provided the opportunity to make their case. They believe Nolen should be found not guilty by reason of insanity.

“It’s all in the context of what legally insane means. And that is [if Nolen] didn’t know the difference between right and wrong, and didn’t know the consequences of his actions,” Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn told News9. “And clearly he knew what he did was wrong.”

Reports state that Nolen has a criminal past as he was convicted in 2011 on drug charges and for assaulting a police officer. He spent two years behind bars for his crimes before being released on probation. His Facebook page also was stated to contain “provocative” content that is Islamic in nature and critical of the United States.

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  • Amos Moses – He>i

    seems to me cutting off a person head is pretty “oppressive” …………….

    • meamsane

      Outright murder….and this guy is justifying it!

      • mr goody two shoes

        How else does the non christian think they get to heaven if its not by there deeds?

    • mr goody two shoes

      It not only ruins your day a little but your hair do to. But if done to a christian no lasting harm is really done to them.

      • Amos Moses – He>i

        ” i did not mean that little off the top” ……….. oooopppss ……… “the only place they can send me is the place i want to go to anyways” …………….

        • mr goody two shoes

          Me to except I would be screaming and crying and fussing a lot about how i was getting there.

    • mr goody two shoes

      I don’t think Goliath liked it much and he was dead first.

  • meamsane

    A Muslim man…told investigators that allah… “wants us to get the oppressors out,” says the Oppressor!!

  • mr goody two shoes

    Honestly The guy was just following Mohammed teachings. Any one with even a small amount of knowledge of Mohammed know that. Its the Muslim version of decision theology. Surprised they don’t have a decision magazine to go along with it.

  • mr goody two shoes

    David did not cut off Goliath head off to earn himself points to get to heaven. Its important u read the bible why David did it. We could say David did it because he believed God some day would send him a savior from his sins that would win him heaven.

  • Jack-b-Quicker

    What a great god allah is to request the beheading of an innocent person.

  • mr goody two shoes

    How John the baptist got his head cut off is in the bible as well. So it should not be new to is.