Federal authorities arrest an 18-year-old Indiana man after FBI suspects him of attempting to join ISIS, F.B.I. officials said Tuesday.
Police arrested Akram Musleh on his way to a Greyhound bus station in Indianapolis. An unsealed Department of Justice document says Musleh planned to head to New York before flying to Morocco and joining ISIS fighters in Libya.
Authorities say Musleh looked up potential terror targets in Indiana before trying to leave the U.S. They say Musleh also searched for explosive materials and pressure cookers. One FBI agent followed him into an Indianapolis Wal-mart where he looked at pressure cookers, but left without buying one.
Musleh has been under FBI scrutiny since August 2013, when he posted videos on YouTube of an al Qaeda jihadist. Shortly after that, FBI officials coordinated with Musleh’s high school to administer counseling.
In September 2014, officials say Musleh bought a black flag often associated with ISIS online, and posed for photos in front of it. The FBI also monitored some of Musleh’s online conversations with ISIS sympathizers. At that time, the Department of Justice document says Musleh expressed his interest and support of the terror group.
Musleh appeared in court Tuesday. He’s scheduled to return to court next Monday. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison.