A 20-year-old New Jersey man accused of threatening on social media to “shoot all people” at a pro-Israel march and bomb the Trump Tower skyscraper in New York Metropolis was arrested on Wednesday on a string of federal expenses, prosecutors stated.
Jonathan Xie, of Basking Ridge, was taken into custody on expenses of trying to supply materials help to Hamas, the Islamist group that guidelines the Gaza Strip and which the US designates as a terrorist group, making false statements and transmitting threats over interstate commerce, in response to federal prosecutors.
“Homegrown violent extremists like Xie are a severe menace to nationwide safety,” U.S. Legal professional Craig Carpenito stated in an announcement. “The actions that he took and deliberate to take made that menace each clear and current.”
In line with the charging paperwork, Xie appeared in an Instagram Stay video in April 2019 sporting a black ski masks and displayed a handgun as he expressed the will to assault demonstrators at a pro-Israel rally.
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“I need to shoot the pro-Israel demonstrators … you may get a gun and shoot your manner via or use a car and ram individuals … all you want is a gun or car to go on a rampage….I don’t care if safety forces come after me, they should put a bullet in my head to cease me,” Xie stated within the video, in response to the courtroom papers.
That very same month Xie was noticed exterior of Trump Tower, headquarters of the companies owned by U.S. President Donald Trump. He later posted pictures of the constructing on Instagram together with a ballot asking if he ought to bomb it.
“Okay, so I went to NYC immediately and handed by Trump Tower after which I began laughing hysterically … I forgot to go to the Israeli embassy in NYC … I need to bomb this place together with trump tower,” Xie stated in a separate publish detailed within the courtroom paperwork.
In February 2019 Xie stated he needed to hitch the U.S. Military in hopes of studying “the right way to kill” and utilized for a safety clearance as a primary step, prosecutors say.
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He’s additionally accused of sending cash to a person within the Gaza Strip aligned with a faction of Hamas that has carried out assaults in opposition to civilian targets in Israel.
It was not instantly clear if Xie, who faces greater than 30 years in federal jail if convicted on all expenses, had retained an legal professional.