FBI agents arrested a 19-year-old man from New York City on Thursday who had sent a text message to a federal undercover agent about his planned attack on behalf of the ISIS terrorist group, according to several officials. law enforcement.
The suspect, who lives in the Borough of Queens, is expected to face charges of material support to terrorism on Friday.
In text messages with the undercover agent, the suspect allegedly claimed to commit a knife attack in Queens. He also posted on an online discussion forum information about the plan to commit an attack, according to a senior law enforcement official informed of the investigation.
The suspect, who has not yet been identified publicly, would have ordered a knife to the undercover officer. When he went to pick up the knife, he was arrested by law enforcement, said a senior official of the security forces.
FBI agents and the FBI-led Joint Task Force on Terrorism apparently had been since the beginning of his so-called conspiracy.
In a statement, a spokesman for the US District Attorney's Office in New York City confirmed that "an individual had been arrested today as part of a national security investigation."
The suspect posed no threat to public safety, according to federal officials who confirmed the arrest and the US prosecutor's office.
The charges against the suspect should be unsealed Friday morning.
Daniel Arkin contributed.