A Maryland man impressed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) plotted to ram a stolen U-Haul truck into as many pedestrians as potential at a well-liked conference and vacationer vacation spot simply outdoors the nation’s capital, federal prosecutors mentioned Monday.
The allegation was made in a courtroom submitting as prosecutors in Maryland urged a choose to maintain the defendant, 28-year-old Rondell Henry, detained on a cost of driving a stolen car throughout state traces. The police arrested him on March 28 after officers who found the stolen truck noticed him leap over a safety fence.
Henry then made incriminating statements that present steps he took to maximise injury, prosecutors mentioned.
“I used to be simply going to maintain driving and driving and driving. I wasn’t going to cease,” the doc quotes Henry as telling legislation enforcement authorities who questioned him. He mentioned he wished to create “panic and chaos” much like a lethal truck assault that killed scores of individuals in Good, France in 2016, prosecutors mentioned.
Prosecutors claimed Henry sought to hurt “disbelievers,” in a method designed for “most publicity,” CBS Baltimore reported.
A detention listening to was scheduled for Tuesday in Greenbelt, Maryland. It was not clear if prosecutors would file extra costs accusing him of planning an assault. The cost of interstate transportation of a stolen car, which carries as much as 10 years in jail, is probably going a placeholder rely, with prosecutors anticipated to current proof earlier than a grand jury and safe an indictment with new costs.
A protection lawyer for Henry declined to remark.
The federal government’s six-page detention movement describes Henry as harboring hatred for “disbelievers” and seeking to emulate Islamic State militants he noticed on beheading movies and combating abroad. On his telephone, which prosecutors mentioned he discarded on a freeway, authorities discovered photos of the ISIS flag, armed ISIS fighters and the person who carried out the bloodbath in an Orlando, Florida, nightclub three years in the past.
The doc alleges that Henry, a pc engineer, walked off his job in the course of the day final month and stole a U-Haul van from the parking storage of a mall in Virginia after figuring out that his four-door sedan “wouldn’t trigger the catastrophic injury that he desired.”
He first thought-about an assault at Dulles Worldwide Airport, making an attempt unsuccessfully to breach the safety perimeter and get right into a restricted space, prosecutors mentioned. From there, he headed to Nationwide Harbor — a waterfront complicated of eating places, retail and inns in Maryland.
“However so early within the morning on a weekday,” prosecutors wrote, “the defendant didn’t discover the sizable crowd upon which he desired to inflict his radical conduct.”
Henry then broke into a ship, sleeping there in a single day, and was arrested on the morning of March 28 when he leaped over the safety fence from the boat deck, in response to the detention movement.
Associates of Henry expressed shock on the allegations.
Osman Alaalla, 61, got here to hope Monday night at a 5 p.m. service on the Islamic Society of Germantown. He mentioned Henry sometimes led that service. Alaalla described Henry as a quiet, good man however mentioned he did not know something about his private life. He mentioned he would come to hope and go away. “He is very peaceable,” he mentioned.