Pressure cooker bomb plot thwarted in major U.S. city

POINT PLEASANT, NJ – A citizen from New Jersey is facing allegations of attempting to provide material support to Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).

Gregory Lepsky, 20, was in court Friday facing a criminal complaint alleging that he attempted to create a bomb using a pressure cooker. The explosive was reportedly intended to provide support to ISIS.

Reports indicate that Lepsky first crossed paths with law enforcement after threatening to kill a family pet on February 21, and was arrested by the Point Pleasant Police Department. During the incident, Lepsky reportedly told paramedics that he was also planning to kill his mother, said his name was “Allah Abdel Rochmad,” and informed officials that he planned to set off a pressure cooker bomb in a busy area of New York City to “kill as many people as possible.”

Following the arrest, a search of the residence uncovered a brand new pressure cooker in Lepsky’s bedroom. Media searches uncovered evidence of Lepsky’s intention to “build and detonate a bomb as part of his support for ISIS.”

Also among Lepsky’s files were “specific, step-by-step instructions on how to build a pressure cooker bomb, which coincided with the delivery to Lepsky of the pressure cooker a short time before his arrest.” This is believed to be the same type of bomb used to create the explosion at the Boston Marathon.

The Official complaint states:

Lepsky told others that he intended to fight on behalf of ISIS, and that he would, if necessary, become a martyr by driving a “bunch of explosives” to where the “enemies” could be found and blowing himself up.

Law enforcement officials also found a message forwarded by Lepsky from another ISIS supporter talking about how a westerner could fight for ISIS, even if he couldn’t go to Syria.  The message talked of a “terrorist attack in his home country using improvised explosive devices.”

Anti-siematic cartoons, various weapons and beheading videos were also found.pressure cooker

If convicted, Lepske could face a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 fine for the one count of material support.

Acting U.S. Attorney Fitzpatrick credits special agents with the FBI, the Joint Terrorism Task Force, the New Jersey State Attorney General’s Office, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, the Point Pleasant Police Department, and the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness with conducting the successful investigation that lead to the charges.

H/T: The U.S. Department of Justice

Below is the full criminal complaint against Lepsky:

Lepsky, Gregory Complaint by asburyweb on Scribd

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