The Department of Justice announced that it has thwarted an ISIS-directed terror plot in upstate New York just before it was to be carried out later this evening.
A statement was released Thursday naming 25-year-old Emanuel Lutchman of Rochester. He was arrested and charged with "attempting to provide material support" to ISIS.
“According to the complaint, as part of Emanuel Lutchman’s attempt to provide material support to ISIL, he planned to kill innocent civilians on New Year’s Eve in the name of the terrorist organization.” said Assistant Attorney General Carlin. “Thankfully, law enforcement was able to intervene and thwart Lutchman's deadly plans.”
It is stated that the man was going to carry out an armed attack in the name of ISIS against civilians at a restaurant/bar located in Rochester. Other plans included later joining the Islamic terror group overseas.
In their report on the arrest, Jonathan Dienst, Tracy Connor, and Tom Winter of NBC News repeatedly suggest that Lutchman was the mentally vulnerable victim of the FBI's sting operation. They spoke with Lutchman's grandmother, Beverley Carridice, who told NBC News that the ex-con Muslim convert had been plagued by psychiatric problems since childhood, and that he called her after his arrest to complain that "it was a sting...they set him up."
NBC News noted that "Lutchman was nabbed with the help of confidential informants who received thousands of dollars from the FBI" - implying that Lucthman was framed by greedy informants. The NBC reporters make sure to quote Ms. Carradice on her grandson's inability to come up with such a terror plan. "Not on his own," she said. "He's not the type of person. But he's easily persuaded."
Easily persuaded. It's funny how those who cry "He was framed!" in defense of terrorism suspects can never explain how it is possible for law enforcement to "persuade" anyone but a terrorist to participate in a plot to slaughter innocents.
U.S. Attorney William Hochul said, "What began as an ISIL directive to harm the community ended with the arrest of this defendant and a message for any other individuals considering similar behavior - you will be caught, you will be prosecuted, and you will be punished."
The release asks the public to "remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity."
"I assure members of the public that the excellent work of our law enforcement partners with the cooperation of the public is the best way to ensure the safety of our community,” Hochul added.
Lutchman is now facing a penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.