A Maryland male desirous by a 2016 militant conflict in Nice, France, has been incarcerated for allegedly plotting to expostulate a stolen lorry into pedestrians during a bustling selling and party formidable alongside a Potomac River in hopes of formulating “panic and chaos,” a US Justice Department pronounced on Monday.
The US Attorney’s Office for a District of Maryland pronounced it charged 28-year-old Rondell Henry of Germantown, Maryland, with widespread commerce travel of a stolen vehicle. It pronounced a supervision has given petitioned a sovereign justice to catch Henry tentative conference after training some-more about his motives.
“I was only going to keep pushing and pushing and driving. we wasn’t going to stop,” a supervision quotes Henry as observant in a suit seeking apprehension tentative trial.
A apprehension conference is scheduled for Tuesday in US District Court in Greenbelt, Maryland, before US Magistrate Judge Thomas M. DiGirolamo.
Henry’s open defender, Michael Citaramanis, declined to comment.
In a rapist complaint, a supervision pronounced that on Mar 26, a Alexandria Police Department in Virginia perceived a news about a leased U-Haul lorry that was stolen from a circuitously mall.
The motorist who rented a lorry primarily reported saying a male in a blue BMW follow a U-Haul off Interstate 395 and park in a space nearby a U-Haul during a mall. When military arrived during a mall, they found a BMW still parked there and detected it was purebred to Henry.
A day later, a stolen U-Haul was found in National Harbor, a bustling growth along a Potomac in Maryland opposite from Alexandria, Virginia, that facilities bars and restaurants, shops, a Ferris wheel, a oppulance hotel and residential apartments.
Video notice showed Henry parking and removing out of a truck. He was arrested a subsequent day.
Prosecutors contend that Henry has harboured “hatred” for those who do not use a Muslim faith and was allegedly desirous by videos he watched of unfamiliar terrorists.
Specifically, they pronounced he was desirous by a 2016 militant conflict in Nice, France, in that a male gathering a lorry during high speed into crowds, murdering 86 people, and for that Islamic State claimed responsibility.
Henry “walked off his pursuit in Germantown, Maryland, in a center of a day, dynamic to travel down a nonconformist path,” a supervision purported in justice papers.
“Recognizing that his comparison four-door sedan would not means a inauspicious repairs that he desired, a suspect gathering around a Washington, DC, civil area looking for a incomparable car to steal.”
According to a post by a Montgomery County Police Department, Henry was reported blank and was final seen by his co-workers on Mar 26.
The Justice Department pronounced that before environment his sights on National Harbor, Henry wanted to try pushing a lorry into pedestrians during Dulles International Airport in Virginia.
He arrived during a airfield around 5 a.m. on Mar 27, though a airfield “lacked a vast series of unloading pedestrians a suspect hoped to find,” a justice filing says. He also attempted to find a approach by confidence during a airport, though struck out mixed times.
Henry afterwards done his approach to National Harbor, nearing around 10 a.m. that same day. He after told military he wanted to emanate “panic and chaos,” only like “what happened in France,” prosecutors said.
Henry still did not find a vast crowd, however, so he motionless to wait. He pennyless into a vessel and hid there overnight, a supervision said.
The subsequent day, military had tracked down a stolen lorry and were there waiting. After Henry jumped over a confidence fence, a supervision said, he was arrested.