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Feds Say ISIS Supporters Targeted NYC Locations to ‘Send a Message'
NBC 4 New York
ISIS Supporters Targeted NYC Locations to ‘Send a Message,' Feds Say
Federal investigators filed a complaint last week alleging two men intended to attack locations around the country, including the New York Stock Exchange and Trump Tower in Manhattan, on behalf of ISIS.
The FBI identified Jaylyn Molina and Kristopher Matthews, from Texas and South Carolina respectively, face charges of conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. If convicted, they each face up to 20 years in prison and fines up to a quarter of a million dollars.
Detailed in a 14-page criminal complaint filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio, the investigators allege Molina and Matthews engaged in encrypted communication for several months discussing anti-American sentiment and detailing specific plans to coordinate attacks in the U.S.
Molina and Matthews used encrypted chat groups to "promote radical Islamic ideology and to communicate, to share information, and discuss conducting terrorist attacks in the united states and overseas on behalf of ISIS," the complaint says. Between a six-month period this year, FBI covert employees and confidential sources monitored the group, they say in the complaint.