ALABAMA – The Huntsville Police Department has charged a young man Thursday with soliciting and providing support for an act of terrorism.
Authorities announced during a press conference that Aziz Sayyed, 22, was taken into custody Thursday afternoon after a citizen tipped off police officials.
Police officials did not release many details surrounding his arrest or what the unnamed citizen reported, other than Sayyed was determined to be a U.S. citizen, born in North Carolina, and a joint investigation involving local law enforcement and the FBI is currently underway.
Authorities are urging citizens to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behavior.
“If you see something, you need to tell us. You need to say something. This investigation actually started as a tip. It was a tip that something wasn’t right,” said Huntsville Police Department Chief Mark McMurray.
“That went to another person. They called their local law enforcement and luckily, we have this joint relationship with the federal government and we all work these situations together to the end. This one was a very successful end because it was concluded before it got out of hand. Thank you so much,” he added.
Lt. Stacy Bates said a search warrant has been issued for a residence at Twickenham Village Apartments, where authorities believe the suspect had been living. The FBI were reportedly on the scene at his apartment complex, according to WHNT 19 News.
“We successfully mitigated a threat today with this arrest,” said Roger Stanton, FBI Birmingham Special Agent in Charge.
Authorities also issued a press release stating the threat posed by Sayyed is over.
“Both agencies want the community to know that this arrest eliminates any threat to the Huntsville community and Madison County area, including Redstone Arsenal,” said the press release.
Sayyed faces the following state charges for his alleged terrorism-related crimes:
(a)(1) A person commits soliciting or providing support for an act of terrorism in the second degree when, with intent that material support or resources will be used, in whole or in part, to plan, prepare, carry out, or aid in either an act of terrorism or the concealment of, or an escape from, an act of terrorism, he or she raises, solicits, collects, or provides material support or resources.
(2) Soliciting or providing support for an act of terrorism in the second degree is a Class C felony.
(b)(1) A person commits soliciting or providing support for an act of terrorism in the first degree when he or she commits the crime of soliciting or providing support for an act of terrorism in the second degree and the total value of material support or resources exceeds one thousand dollars ($1,000).
(2) Soliciting or providing support for an act of terrorism in the first degree is a Class B felony.
— Kristen Conner WHNT (@KConnerWHNT) June 16, 2017
— David Kumbroch WHNT (@davidknews) June 15, 2017
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