U.S. Officer Arrested For Aiding ISIS
A veteran Washington D.C. Metro Transit officer is accused of trying to help ISIS. The officer is identified as Nicholas Young, 36, of Fairfax, Virginia, who has been with the department since 2003, was arrested Wednesday morning by FBI agents.
Young is being charged with attempting to provide material to the Islamic State. Authorities allege in a criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday that Young attempted to send money to ISIS through a mobile-based gift card using an unnamed messaging service the terror group utilizes for recruiting purposes. The transaction, which was redeemed by the FBI for $245, was made in July 2016.
Young is being connected to terrorists internationally and and two that have been convicted in the DC-area. Zachery Chesser and Amine El Khalifi.
Court document show federal investigators also questioned Young about trips he had taken to Libya in 2011. Young told FBI agents during an interview that he traveled twice to Libya to assist rebels attempting to overthrow Muammar Qaddafi.
A baggage search by Customs and Border Protection on one of Young’s outbound trips revealed he had traveled with body armor, a Kevlar helmet, and “several other military-style items,” according to the criminal complaint.
Young was also said to have a large amount of firearms at his home, which includes different types of handguns and numerous rifles. Young is set to make his first appearance in court Wednesday afternoon. If found guilty he could face up to 20 years in prison.
The DC Metro Police and the Department of Justice said at no time was the public in any danger although Young was hired to protect the transit system. They had been monitoring him closely. Although Young believed he was speaking to members of the Islamic State he was in fact speaking with agents the whole time.