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DC Metro officer charged with trying to provide material support to ISIS

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A Washington DC Metro Transit officer was charged Wednesday for trying to provide material support to ISIS, making it the first instance where an American law enforcement officer was charged with an ISIS-related crime.

According to The Washington Post, 36-year-old Nicholas Young was arrested at DC Metro headquarters earlier this morning, in addition to his employment being terminated.

Young had been a Metro police officer since 2003 and had been under the FBI’s watchful eye since at least 2010. A bizarre character, Young was also a muslim convert who dressed as both “Jihadi John” and a Nazi for halloween and -interestingly enough- had a tattoo of a German eagle on his neck.

Young liked to talk and show off, bringing a large arsenal of firearms to an off-duty weapons event in March of last year, as well as bragging about having several “burner phones.” Young also regularly warned his co-workers about using social media and allegedly told his coworkers that “unfortunately I have enough flags on my name that I can’t even buy a plane ticket without little alerts ending up in someone’s hands.”

Young was arrested after incriminating himself several times with undercover agents and uniformed law enforcement, eventually complying with a request to purchase gift cards used on messaging services that ISIS uses to recruit new terrorists.

In addition to his bizarre turn to terror, Young also had connections to terror sympathizers Zachary Chesser and Amine El Khalifi who threatened South Park creators and plotted to bomb the Capitol, respectively.

Despite his arrest, the DOJ says that Young never posed a threat to the public he was assigned to protect.

Young will make his initial court appearance later this afternoon and may face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

“Since I received my first briefing on this matter, [Metro Transit Police] Chief Ronald Pavlik and I have worked hand-in-glove with the FBI in the interest of public safety and to ensure that this individual would be brought to justice,” Metro General Manager/CEO Paul Wiedefeld said in a statement.

 

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