A man from Maryland inspired by the terrorist network "Islam State State" reportedly planned to roll a truck in front of "disbelievers" in a popular tourist and continue to drive non-stop, announced Monday US officials.
Rondell Henry, 28, of Germantown, was charged by federal prosecutors with transporting a stolen vehicle between states – but officials said other charges could follow.
"Today, the government has filed a petition in which it pleaded for Henry's detention at trial as a risk of flight and danger to the community." Specifically, the government's memo on detention states that Henry, who claimed to be inspired by the ISIS terrorist organization, stole a U-Haul van with the intention of using it as a weapon against pedestrians on the sidewalks of the National Harbor National Park complex. along the Potomac River, "said the US Attorney's Office in the Maryland District.
Henry has "hated" those who have not practiced Islam for two years, officials said Monday, adding that he was inspired by videos of foreign terrorists. He reportedly planned to conduct a similar attack on the attack on a truck in Nice, France in 2016. The authorities claim that Henry admitted that he wanted to create "panic and chaos" .
"After stealing the van, Henry bypassed the road and arrived at the Dulles International Airport, Virginia, around 5 pm on Wednesday, March 27, 2019," officials said. "The government's request for detention alleges that Henry exited his U-Haul and entered the terminal, trying to find a way around the security, allegedly to harm the" disbelievers "so as to ensure maximum publicity. After more than two hours of breach Dulles' security perimeter, Henry would have returned to U-Haul. "
He then went to the national port. The motion for detention affirmed that he "had parked U-Haul and walked in a popular area of National Harbor." According to the motion for detention, Henry finally broke into a boat to hide during the The next morning, Thursday, March 28, police discovered the location of the U-Haul flight, and when Henry jumped over the security fence from the boat dock, Prince George County police officers were on the scene. have stopped. "
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It was not immediately clear if Henry had a lawyer. A detention hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.
Associated Press contributed to this report.