Kevin McCormick, 26, of Hamden, was charged with “making an attempt to supply materials help to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a chosen international terrorist group,” according to the Division of Justice.
He was arrested Oct. 21, earlier than a federal grand jury indicted him Oct. 30. McCormick made a number of weird statements in court docket, as he lavished reward on Islam and shared a want to journey to Syria so he might be part of the group, authorities mentioned.
“I gotta combat, bro,” he reportedly mentioned. “As a result of these folks, Abu Masa and ISIL, they fought for me, bro. I do know it, I can really feel it, in my coronary heart. So it’s my time to combat … It simply is what it’s, bro. It’s simply my, it’s simply my time to go, bro.”
After being requested to elucidate his desired journey vacation spot, authorities mentioned, McCormick responded: “I don’t know, I don’t know, bro. It’s gotta be, like, Syria. The place ISIL is at. … Whichever place is best, whichever place I can get there the quickest, the quickest, the best, and the place I can have a rifle and I can have some folks, bro.
“That’s what I would like,” he continued. “I would like a rifle and I would like some folks, I would like Islamic regulation, I would like, that’s what I would like, as a result of if I’ve these items, it’s going to be very arduous to kill me.”
McCormick was accused of making an attempt to board a flight to Jamaica to flee the nation Oct. 12 however was stopped by personnel from the Division of Homeland Security earlier than he might get on board, the Justice Division mentioned.
McCormick can be alleged to have made a video pledging his allegiance to ISIS and its chief, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, who was killed in a U.S.-led operation Oct. 26.
If convicted, McCormick might withstand 20 years in jail, in keeping with the Justice Division.
The case was nonetheless being investigated by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Job Power (JTTF) together with the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA).
Earlier this week, authorities arrested a West Haven man on similar charges.
Ahmad Khalil Elshazly, 22, was arrested Sunday in Stonington as he was about to board a ship to Syria, FOX 61 of Hartford reported. On Monday, federal investigators swarmed Elshazly’s neighborhood seeking proof.
Elshazly additionally might face 20 years in jail, officers mentioned.