In the latest rise of lone-wolf Islamic terrorism, Gregory Lepsky, 20, of Point Pleasant, New Jersey, was investigated by authorities after he tried to stab his family’s dog to death and then carry out a suicide bombing in Manhattan, NY.
Lepsky, who now goes by the name of Allah Abdel Rochman and the dog were wounded.
While paramedics treated him, he told them he was planning to kill his mother, the Clarion Project reported on Sunday.
The dog was found alive after being stabbed with a 12- inch blade.
While in a hospital, Lepsky ranted during questioning he had pledged his allegiance to Allah and the intended to fight for the Islamic State.
The plan included killing his mother, killing the family dog (since he considered it was “dirty” according to Islam) and detonating a pressure-cooker bomb in a crowded area of New York City.
A digital trail led police to finding his connection to ISIS.
“I linked up with some guy I met on a chat website and he wants me to become Muslim and join ISIS,” Lepsky said in a social media post. “I really wanna go join ISIS.”
Other posts state he wanted to fight for ISIS and deliver “a bunch of explosives” to the “enemies.”
“I converted to Islam recently and decided im going to Syria to help my brothers fight the kuffar,” he wrote “if u are a Muslim u should come inshaAllah … Allah will guide you … please listen to me and fight the kuffar. Defend the honor of Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him.”
He also posted pictures of himself holding firearms and dressed in military fatigues, posed in front of an ISIS flag. His phone had as its background, the black ISIS flag.
Investigators said Lepsky told police he stabbed the dog because it was considered “dirty” in his view of Islam. “Lepsky expressed regret for having tried to kill the family dog because, according to him, if he had not done so, the police would not have discovered his plan,” FBI agent Tara Jerussi wrote in a complaint filed Friday.
Lepsky faces an initial court appearance Friday afternoon. There was no phone listing for him. If convicted, the charge carries a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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