D.C. Metro police officer arrested for attempting to support ISIS

Nicholas Young, a 36-year-old officer with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, has been arrested after allegedly trying to send $245 to the Islamic State group (ISIS) and giving advice on how to evade law enforcement.

Young, of Fairfax, Virginia, first came to the attention of law enforcement in 2010 when an acquaintance was suspected of providing material support to terrorists, after which undercover officers spoke with Young about his interest in terrorism. A second acquaintances of Young later pleaded guilty in a plot to bomb the U.S. Capitol.

Young, who has worked as a police officer for the Metro Transit Police Department since 2003, also traveled to Libya twice in 2011 and told FBI agents that he helped rebels who were attempting to overthrow the regime of Muammar Gaddafi. Baggage searches revealed that he had traveled with body armor, a kevlar helmet, and other military-style items.

In 2014, Young allegedly met about 20 times with an FBI source who was posing as a U.S. military reservist of Middle Eastern descent, telling Young that he was becoming 'more religious' and that he was eager to leave the U.S. military after having to fight against Muslims.

During these conversations, prosecutors allege, Young advised the FBI source on how to evade law enforcement by utilizing specific travel methods and further advised him to watch out for informants and to not discuss his plans with anyone else. The source later led Young to believe that he had left the U.S. and successfully joined the Islamic State.

After the FBI took over the source's email account, Young allegedly sent an email to ask for advice on how to send money to ISIS. "Unfortunately I have enough flags on my name that I can't even buy a plane ticket without little alerts ending up in someone's hands, so I imagine banking transactions are automatically monitored and will flag depending on what is going on," he allegedly wrote in June 2015.

More than a year later, on July 18 of this year, Young allegedly sent 22 gift card codes to the source's email address, which allowed the FBI to redeem them for $245. "Respond to verify receipt ... may not answer depending on when as this device will be destroyed after all are sent to prevent the data being possibly seen on this end in the case of something unfortunate," Young allegedly wrote

Young, who is the first American police officer to be arrested for allegedly trying to support the Islamic State, has been charged with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and will have his initial court appearance on Wednesday afternoon. If convicted, Young could face a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment,

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