US: Muslim terrorist who planned mass murder on Ohio synagogue charged with hate crime
While the plan was never carried out and investigators said there wasn’t an immediate threat to the public, the Department of Justice said the Muslim terrorist spent months talking and planning a terror attack.
The terrorist was arrested in early December after he received two AR-15 rifles from an undercover agent.
A federal grand jury indicted Joseph on charges that include attempting to provide material support to ISIS and attempting to commit a hate crime. His attorney declined to comment.
Convert to Muslim Damon Joseph also known as Abdullah Ali Yusuf, 21, of Holland, a Toledo suburb, spent months posting photos of weapons, praising ISIS terrorists and talking about carrying out a terror attack before he eventually settled on targeting a synagogue in the Toledo area.
He was under investigation for months and talked about his plans with undercover FBI agents, according to the Justice Department.
His plans for a synagogue shooting came together after a gunman murdered 11 Jews at a Pittsburgh synagogue in October. Authorities said he told an undercover agent: “I admire what the guy did with the shooting actually.”
He wanted to murder as many people as possible, including a rabbi, and make sure no one escaped, the Justice Department said.
The Muslim terrorist said his decision about which synagogue to attack would come down to “which one will have the most people, what time and what day. Go big or go home,” according to court documents.
The terrorist was arrested last December after he received two AR-15 rifles from an undercover agent and was charged with attempting to provide material support to ISIS.