A Washington DC transit cop was arrested on Wednesday for aiding ISIS. Nicholas Young becomes the first law enforcement officer to be arrested for supporting the terror group.
He is accused of sending money to ISIS via a gift card on an “unnamed” messenger service often utilized by ISIS. He is alleged to have sent the money in July of 2016.
The trail of jihadi hopes
Fox News reported that Young had ties to two convicted terrorist supporters, Zachary Chesser and Amine El Khalifi.
Chesser was sentenced in federal court in 2011 to 25 years in prison for aiding Al Qaeda affiliate Al Shabaab. Chesser is known for threatening the creators of South Park for the show’s depiction of the prophet Mohamed. Khalifi was arrested in 2012 for attempting to detonate an explosive vest in the U.S. Capitol Building.
Court document show federal investigators also questioned Young about trips he had taken to Libya in 2011. Young told FBI agents during an interview that he traveled twice to the North African nation to assist rebels attempting to overthrow the regime of then-dictator Muammar Qaddafi.
A baggage search by Customs and Border Protection on one of Young’s outbound trips revealed he had traveled with body armor, a Kevlar helmet, and “several other military-style items,” according to the criminal complaint.
Under investigation since 2010
Young, a Muslim convert, has been “under investigation” since 2010. He’s been interviewed by FBI agents who kept close “tabs” on him. In 2014 he went to a Halloween Party dressed as Jihadi John and carrying around a headless dummy dressed in an orange jumpsuit.
He allegedly had a “large cache” of weapons at his home. Authorities say there was never any danger to the public and no plot against Metro transit.
“Since I received my first briefing on this matter, [Metro Transit Police] Chief [Ronald] Pavlik and I have worked hand-in-glove with the FBI in the interest of public safety and to ensure that this individual would be brought to justice.” Metro General Manager/CEO Paul Wiedefeld
Young was terminated from the transit police on Wednesday. He was to appear on Wednesday afternoon at the Eastern District of Virginia. He faces 20 years in prison if convicted.
— Martin Di Caro (@MartinDiCaro) August 3, 2016
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