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Man Accused Of Plotting Terror Attack

Maryland man accused of plotting ISIS inspired attack at National Harbor

April 08, 2019 - 5:15 pm

By Eric Tucker - Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a man inspired by the Islamic State group stole a U-Haul truck with plans to drive it into a crowd at National Harbor, a convention and tourist destination just outside the nation's capital.

The allegation was made in a court filing Monday as prosecutors in Maryland urged a judge to keep the defendant, Rondell Henry, detained on a charge of driving a stolen vehicle across state lines.  The charging document unsealed Thursday said Henry, 28, was arrested March 28 at the waterfront complex in Prince George's Coundy driving a U-Haul that had been stolen from a parking garage in Alexandria, Va. two days earlier.

Authorities say Henry admitted that he wanted to create "panic and chaos" and that his plans for a truck attack were modeled after a deadly attack in France.

Prosecutors say Henry told officers he was "just going to keep driving and driving and driving" and didn't plan on stopping.

Henry had been reported missing by family members March 27 according to the Montgomery County Police Department, but was said to have been located "safe and unharmed" on March 28.  Prosecutors now say in court douments they believe he went to Washington Dulles Inteernational Airport in northern Virginia, but couldn't find crowds big enough to carry out his plan, and couldn't breach airport security.

It wasn't immediately clear if Henry had a lawyer.


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