Emanuel Lutchman, a 25-year-old NY resident, may have come across just another visitor to a Rochester restaurant during New Year’s’ Eve. No one would have suspected anything conspicuous until he was found armed with knives and a machete.
Being charged with the attempt to provide material support and resources to ISIS, he was successfully arrested by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force for his heinous doings. He immediately appeared in federal court the following Thursday morning. Having being scheduled to return to the consequent hearing on Jan 8, he now sits detained in New York jail.
The materials included a machete, duct tape, knives, ammonia, latex gloves and zip ties in case of a kidnapping. They were bought from Walmart on Hudson Avenue on the 29th of December by Lutchman who was accompanied by an informant.
And what’s more? This is not the first time he has been found guilty of committing a crime. Maintaining his reputation of committing several degrees of crimes, he was even found guilty of a robbery back in 2006. Lutchman’s public record history is filled with events leading towards revealing him to be an unstable man. Being charged with domestic violence on his former girlfriend, he was even scheduled to appear in state court during the beginning of the year.
According to relevant sources, Lutchman is said to have started corresponding with an FBI informant back in November. In fact, he was even reported to have made several statements expressing his support for ISIS. Expressing his desire to join this group in Syria, he recorded himself on his cell phone wherein he is seen swearing allegiance to ISIS and its leaders. The video, which was discovered by officials, also show him claiming responsibility for the attacks that took place in Rochester.
“Lutchman expressed his hatred for everything American and his intention to make hijra and leave America,” stated Klapec. (“Hijra” translates as migration.). According to authorities, it was Lutchman’s intentions to travel to Syria and join ISIS.
Even though, this might have started off with a simple idea or desire to join a cause, it was only put into motion when the alleged terror operator asked Lutchman to plan an operation during New Year’s Eve to kill as many Americans as possible to prove his allegiance.
Three FBI informants were set to build a strong case against Lutchman. “The FBI thwarted Emanuel Lutchman’s intent to kill civilians on New Year’s Eve,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Adam Cohen said in a news release Thursday.
“According to the (criminal complaint), as part of Emanuel Lutchman’s attempt to provide material support to ISIL, he planned to kill innocent civilians on New Year’s Eve in the name of the terrorist organization. “Thankfully, law enforcement was able to intervene and thwart Lutchman’s deadly plans,” added U.S. Assistant Attorney General John Carlin.