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FBI: New Years Eve planned terror attack by Rochester man was urged by ISIS

January 1, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
FBI: New Years Eve planned terror attack by Rochester man was urged by ISIS

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Federal agents arrested a Rochester, New York man for plotting an ISIS-inspired New Years Eve terror attack at a local restaurant

Federal prosecutors have charged 25-year-old Emanuel Lutchman, with trying to provide material support to the Islamic State terror group.

According to court documents, Lutchman planned to use machetes to kill innocent patrons at a local diner.

The arrest resulted in the mayor of Rochester canceling the New Years Eve planned fireworks celebration, even though federal officials maintained there was no credible information of a possible attack.

NBC News reported that Lutchman served 5-years in prison for a robbery conviction, where he reportedly converted to Islam.

In an interview, his grandmother Beverley Carridice told NBC that Lutchman recently tried to commit suicide by stabbing himself, has had psychiatric problems since his childhood.

However, despite his mental issues, she said she never suspected he had become radicalized or was a Jihadist sympathizer.

Authorities said Lutchman was in contact with ISIS operatives and a video seized in the arrest reportedly shows him pledging allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the terrorist organization.

According to the FBI, Lutchman desired to leave the U.S. and travel overseas to war-torn Syria to join the Islamic Caliphate.

FBI agents arrested Lutchman with the help of paid confidential informants who received thousands of dollars used to buy items for the planned attack including masks, zip-ties, knives, duct tape, ammonia and latex gloves.

ISIS operatives urged Lutchman to conduct operations to kill non-Muslims on New Years Eve.

“New years [sic] is here soon. Do operations and kill some kuffar,” the overseas contact told him, the court papers allege.

As recently as December 28th, Lutchman was overheard in conversations discussing with the informants, plans to use pressure cooker bombs or knives in a terror attack, which was meant to impress ISIS operatives, the complaint said.

[T]hat’s what my plan, that’s on my mind, that’s all I been thinking about,” he said. “‘Cause I’m getting amped up, to accept the fact that’s what I gotta do.”

“The FBI thwarted Emanuel Lutchman’s intent to kill civilians on New Year’s Eve,” said Special Agent in Charge Adam Cohen of the bureau’s Buffalo division.

“The FBI remains concerned about people overseas who use the Internet to inspire people in the United States to commit acts of violence where they live,” Cohen said.

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