The FBI arrested two alleged ISIS supporters who were accused of plotting attacks on various high-value targets around the country. Federal officials charged Jaylyn Christopher Molina, of Texas, and Kristopher Sean Matthews, of South Carolina, with conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.
Matthews, also known as "Ali Jibreel," was taken into custody in Cleveland City, Tennessee, while agents nabbed Molina, who was known as 'Abdur Rahim," in Gonzales, Texas.
The two men allegedly used an encrypted messaging app to communicate and discussed plans to attack the White House, Trump Tower, and the New York Stock Exchange in the name of ISIS. They studied how to build suicide vests, car bombs, and other improvised explosives and considered going to Syria to help the Islamic State fight.
Matthews provided Molina with a manual on training with an AK-47 and bomb-making instructions he found in a magazine published by the terrorist group Al-Qaeda.
In one conversation, Matthews allegedly told Molina they needed multiple recruits to carry out attacks, which he said would be "Netflix worthy," and would grant them "rock star status" with the terrorist organization.
"Let it be clear, I am against America. America is my enemy," Molina said in another chat. "We need to stick together, we need to defeat them, we need to take a lot of casualties, a lot of numbers."
Both men face up to 20 years behind bars if they are convicted.
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