Suspected Islamic State backer held for New York attack plot: Justice Department
A 25-year-old man who planned to attack a restaurant in upstate New York on New Year’s Eve has been arrested and charged with attempting to provide material support to Islamic State, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday.
Emanuel L. Lutchman, “claiming to receive direction from an overseas ISIL member, planned to commit an armed attack against civilians at a restaurant/bar located in the Rochester, New York, area today,” the department said in a statement, referring to Islamic State by an acronym.
A criminal complaint against Lutchman, who appeared in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York on Thursday, described him as a “self-professed Muslim convert with a criminal history dating back to approximately 2006…. as well as previous state mental hygiene arrests.” Read more