A 12-year veteran of the DC transit police force was arrested Tuesday morning for trying to assist ISIS by purchasing technology equipment to help them evade authorities while communicating with one another.
Officer Nicholas Young, 36 – who had sworn to protect the community he served – had another mission behind the scenes. What he did not know was the “ISIS operatives” he was communicating with were actually under-cover agents and FBI informants, who have had him on their radar for the past six years, reports ABC News.
Officials say there is “no pending threat to the D.C. transportation system.”
Young, who lives in Fairfax, Virginia, was arrested Tuesday morning at the transit police headquarters in Washington, D.C., and was fired from the police force effective immediately. He is scheduled for an initial court appearance in Alexandria, VA later today, and faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted on all charges.
Officials first interviewed Young in September 2010 when his friend, Zachary Chesser, was arrested for providing support to ISIS.
Through undercover agents and informants, they continued meeting with Young, as he also expressed interest in terror activity, along with another of his acquaintances, Amine El Khalifi, who also was later arrested for plotting to detonate a suicide bomb at the Capitol.
In 2011, Young traveled to Libya, taking body armor, a helmet and other military items, and said he joined rebels to overthrow Qaddafi. In 2014, he met with an FBI informant 20 times, who was posing as a U.S. military reservist who had joined ISIS, and asked how to send money to ISIS. The FBI later interviewed Young as if they were investigating the reservist.
Last week, Young sent $245 worth of gift card codes to an FBI undercover agent.
Officials say over 100 Americans have been charged with trying to join ISIS over the past three years.
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