Emanuel L. Lutchman, 25, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
According to the complaint, Lutchman had big, violent plans for New Year’s Eve.
LUTCHMAN discussed with CS-2 [FBI informant] doing assassinations and using a pressure cooker bomb. LUTCHMAN said that he wanted to execute the plan so they could be “in and out,” noting that they should make it “quiet and simple” so they can go about doing what they need to do to make hijra [leave the US and travel to Syria]. He also said that, after the operation, “they’re going to be hunting for us,” meaning that law enforcement authorities would be seeking to capture them. CS-2 asked LUTCHMAN if they would use a knife in the event they could not use a pressure cooker bomb or firearm(s).
While Lutchman may have had big plans, he really didn’t seem to have to have any of the necessary ingredients. He had occasional contact with a self-professed ISIL member overseas, but 99% of his planning was done with the assistance of three FBI informants. While he did profess a desire to perform an act of terrorism, nearly everything he needed to carry this out was going to need to be obtained from someone else.
LUTCHMAN stated that they would use knives during the…