Guilty plea for Seattle man who tried to join Islamic State

A Seattle man has pleaded guilty to a terrorism-related charge after he was arrested trying to board a flight to join the Islamic State group

SEATTLE — A 21-year-old Seattle man pleaded guilty Monday to a terrorism-related charge after he was arrested trying to board a flight to join the Islamic State group.

Elvin Hunter Bgorn Williams was arrested last June at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport while checking in for a flight to Cairo.

He pleaded guilty in US District Court to one count of supporting a foreign terrorist organization and is due June 14.

Williams first came to the FBI’s attention when he was 16, after his high school administrators reported he was telling others he wanted to join ISIS, according to a criminal complaint filed. Last year. Williams also said the deadly terrorist attack on an Ariana Grande concert in England in 2017 was justified by the way the singer dressed, according to the complaint.

At the time, his mother told investigators that Williams had been kicked off social media for his pro-Islamic State posts and cut off internet service at his home to prevent him from accessing extremist websites. .

Members of a Seattle-area mosque attempted to deradicalize Williams, helping him with housing, food, and tuition for a semester in college. They also gave him a cell phone and laptop computer in hopes he would use them to find a job, according to the complaint.

But after a mosque member in 2020 saw Williams using his phone to watch extremist videos, they claimed him, found other violent videos and bomb-making instructions, and reported him to the FBI.

The mosque was not identified in court documents.

In the messages cited in the complaint, Williams spoke of his desire to become a martyr, his preference for fighting in the desert rather than the jungle, his burning desire to behead someone – and his fear of being arrested on the spot. ‘airport.

He spent the first part of 2021 working and saving for his travel expenses, according to the complaint. He received his passport on May 6, less than a month before his arrest.

ABC News

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