A 19-year-old has been arrested after allegedly texting with undercover agents that he was apparently planning an attack using a knife in the name of Islamic terror group ISIS in the New York City borough of Queens. The suspect, a Queens resident, was scheduled to appear in federal court in Brooklyn Friday, Aug. 30.
“An individual was arrested in a national security investigation today,” the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District said in a statement early Thursday night. “Further information will be released when appropriate. There is no current public safety issue as a result of the arrest.”
The suspect allegedly claimed in text messages with the undercover agent that he wanted to perpetrate a knife attack in Queens. He also posted in an online chatroom about the plans of an attack.
The suspect ordered a knife via the undercover agent. When he went to pick up the knife, he was arrested by law enforcement.
No further information about the suspect or the alleged crime are available yet.