US federal authorities said Thursday that a New York man had been arrested on charges of planning a New Year’s Eve attack at a bar, to prove to the Islamic State he was worthy to join it in Syria.
Prosecutors announced Thursday that 25-year-old Emanuel Lutchman had been charged with attempting to provide material support to terrorists. He was snared in an FBI sting, the prosecutors said.
A federal complaint said Lutchman is a self-professed convert to Islam, who claimed to receive direction from an overseas Islamic State member and planned to carry out an attack at a bar in the Rochester area on Thursday.
The FBI said Lutchman had an accomplice who was actually working for the agency. It said they bought knives and a machete for the attack.
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According to the International Business Times, court documents claim that Lutchman had been in contact with an IS member abroad, who urged him to “do operations and kill some kuffar” — a plural term for non-Muslims.
The report said that Lutchman told his interlocutor that he hated the US and and was prepared to “give everything up” for the Islamic State. He reportedly recruited two friends to help him carry out the attacks. One of the two reportedly dropped out; the other was cooperating with the FBI, unbeknownst to Lutchman.
The report said the two allegedly considered placing a bomb inside the location and kidnapping and killing people, and urged wearing masks to avoid identification. According to the report, the pair purchased masks, gloves, zip ties, knives, duct tape, a machete and ammonia at a Walmart store on Tuesday night.
The report said that on Wednesday, the day of his arrest, Lutchman made a video on his phone swearing loyalty to IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
In a recent video, al-Baghdadi called on Muslims around the world to “rise up against the apostate tyrants.”