In Phoenix, Arizona, Derrick Thompson, 30, was arrested on Tuesday for alleged ties to the Islamic State group and plotting o target midnight Masses. His charges are the following: one felony count of participating in a criminal syndicate, one charge of assisting a criminal syndicate and one felony count of misconduct involving weapons.
Thompson has been described as an “avowed jihadist” since July 2014, according to court documents. Documents also revealed Thompson also goes by an alias: Abu Talib al-Ameriki.
The documents state:
“From the period of July 2014 to the present Derrick Thompson was involved in communications and activity that show material support for the Islamic State Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS/IS). Specifically, on our about January 26, 2015, Thompson attempted to obtain a handgun from a seller on backpage.com.
The search history from his Google accounts include numerous contacts with ISIL websites, and a post to his Google Plus account in October 2016 stating, ‘Right, we need to get down with this ISIS s-t.’ His Google account has been used as recently as October 2016 to search for midnight mass.”
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