FBI Makes Arrest on New Years Terror Plot

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FBI Makes Arrest on New Years Terror Plot

An ISIS sympathizer who planned to kill people at a Rochester restaurant/bar tonight was arrested by the FBI on terror charges. Emanuel L. Lutchman, 25, is charged with providing material support to the Islamic State. He faces 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

FBI makes arrest

Emanuel L. Lutchman -police photo

Lutchman is being called a “self-professed” Muslim Convert.

The DOJ posted this statement which reads in part:

“According to the complaint, as part of Emanuel Lutchman’s attempt to provide material support to ISIL, he planned to kill innocent civilians on New Year’s Eve in the name of the terrorist organization.” said Assistant Attorney General Carlin.  “Thankfully, law enforcement was able to intervene and thwart Lutchman’s deadly plans.”

“This New Year’s Eve prosecution underscores the threat of ISIL even in upstate New York but demonstrates our determination to immediately stop any who would cause harm in its name,” said U.S. Attorney Hochul.  “What began as an ISIL directive to harm the community ended with the arrest of this defendant and a message for any other individuals considering similar behavior – you will be caught, you will be prosecuted, and you will be punished.  While law enforcement is well equipped for such investigations, the public is reminded to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity.  I assure members of the public that the excellent work of our law enforcement partners with the cooperation of the public is the best way to ensure the safety of our community.” 

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

The suspect

Lutchman made an appearance in Federal Court Thursday morning.

The FBI located him after he allegedly contact someone who identified himself as a member of ISIS in Syria. Through the use of an informant, theFBI sia his plan was to plant a pressure cooker bomb in the restaurant/bar (which has not been identified). He planned to wear a mask and kidnap people as well.

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