(CNN) — A Washington state man was getting ready to board a global flight on Friday when he was arrested for allegedly plotting to join ISIS and “wage jihad” on their behalf, the Justice Division introduced Tuesday.
Elvin Hunter Bgorn Williams, 20, of Seattle, is charged with trying to supply materials assist to a overseas terrorist group. If convicted, he faces as much as 20 years in jail. Williams made an preliminary court docket look on Tuesday through video convention and a federal choose ordered him to be held in custody. CNN has reached out to his legal professional for remark.
Since Williams was in highschool, directors and his mom have contacted the FBI to flag their issues of his “self-radicalized” views of ISIS.
In October 2017, Williams “advised others on the college that he wished to hitch ISIS and claimed that the May 2017 ISIS attack at a music live performance in Manchester, United Kingdom, throughout which quite a few folks have been killed and injured, was justified as a result of the performer dressed provocatively,” in line with the legal criticism. The next month, his mom reported to the FBI that he wished to maneuver to Syria or Iraq to combat for ISIS and that he was kicked off social media for violating phrases of collection for posting pro-ISIS posts.
Prosecutors say Williams pledged an oath of allegiance to the present chief of ISIS in November 2020.
Williams had left his mom’s house in Santa Clara, California, and was dwelling in Seattle the place members of a mosque took him in “as an act of charity — encouraging Williams to de-radicalize, helping him with a spot to stay, with meals, and with tuition for a semester of school. … The mosque members made clear to Williams that he could be required to desert ISIS if wished to simply accept the mosque’s assist,” the criticism stated.
When members of the mosque discovered that Williams was nonetheless participating in on-line chats with different radical-minded individuals, the mosque ended its relationship with him.
Utilizing confidential sources near Williams, the FBI monitored his exercise and have become conscious of his efforts to journey to the Center East and be a part of ISIS. Williams expressed to his associates that if he couldn’t journey abroad, he would commit an assault within the US on behalf of ISIS, prosecutors say. Williams started speaking with these he believed have been ISIS recruiters who might get him to an ISIS terror cell within the Center East or different elements of the world.
In early Might, Williams booked airline journey from Seattle to Amsterdam and on to Egypt to hitch ISIS. On Might 28, he went to Seattle-Tacoma Worldwide Airport to catch the primary leg of his worldwide flight. Williams was arrested on the departure gate Friday there.
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