Detroit man accused of planning attack, amassing arsenal, explosives

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Detroit man accused of planning attack, amassing arsenal, explosives

A Detroit man, Sebastian Gregerson, aka Abdurrahman Bin Mikaayl, was charged on Monday for unregistered possession of a destructive device and unlicensed receipt of explosive materials. He allegedly purchased explosives from an undercover FBI agent.

A “prolonged investigation”

According to the Detroit News,
The court records detail a prolonged FBI investigation that culminated Sunday with Gregerson allegedly buying high explosives from an undercover agent.

Since April 2015, Gregerson has purchased an arsenal of weapons, hundreds of rounds of AK-47 ammunition, tactical gear, ski masks and a training video for using a Russian assault rifle.

In June, he bought commercial-grade road spikes that can be used to slow or disable vehicles, according to a 16-page criminal complaint. He bought the spikes on eBay, the FBI alleged.

He also purchased several tactical training items, including handguns, and dummy rounds.

“In my training and experience, and that of other agents upon whose expertise I am also relying, the purchase of training versions of these weapons makes it unlikely that the weapons were purchased for recreational use, such as hunting,” an FBI special agent wrote in the complaint.


This image on Gregerson’s Facebook page is used by ISIS supporters, according to the FBI

ISIS supporter?

Gregerson recently bought several firearms, all under the watchful eye of the FBI. One was a handgun from a man in the parking lot of a gas station, the other a rifle at a local sporting goods store.

He told an FBI undercover agent that he had a “legal” grenade launcher but wanted a bigger one, and talked about making highly illegal and destructive devices out of hollow shells.

An undercover agent who was invited to Gregerson’s home was also allowed to see part of his arsenal, which included a loaded AK-47 rifle, a machete, the smaller grenade launcher, grenades, piles of ammunition and a ballistics vest with military-grade plates.

On Sunday, Gregerson met the undercover agent at a gas station and exchanged a handgun for five fragmentation grenades. As soon as he took possession of the grenades, he was arrested.

Gregerson is being held until Thursday, when the court will decide whether to keep him without bond until trial.


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