Tags: man | arrested | la | subway | bombing | plot

Man Arrested in LA Subway Bombing Plot as He's Leaving US

Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 11:11 AM

By Alexandra Ward

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The California man who was allegedly plotting to bomb the subways of Los Angeles was arrested this week attempting to leave the country to join up with al-Qaida forces in Syria.

Federal agents intercepted Nicholas Teausant, a 20-year-old student at San Joaquin Delta Community College, early Monday as the bus he was on approached the U.S.-Canada border in Blaine, Wash., the Los Angeles Times reported.

Officials told CBS Los Angeles that Teausant was traveling "with the intent of continuing to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a foreign terrorist organization more widely known as al-Qaida in Iraq."

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

The FBI first caught wind of Teausant in early 2013 when an informant started following his anti-American posts online. The two made contact through an online forum and the informant then put Teausant in touch with a terrorism "mentor," who was actually an undercover FBI agent.

Over the next few months, Teausant divulged his plans to travel to the Middle East and join up with Islamic extremists to harm the U.S.

"His goal was maximum fear and a maximum blow to the U.S. government so he could watch it tumble and fall in the wake of a civil war," the arrest affidavit stated.

Teausant, who was once enrolled as a National Guard trainee but never went to basic training because he didn’t meet the minimum requirements, also revealed a plot to blow up the Los Angeles subway system around New Year's Eve or New Year's Day.

"Don't go to LA Anytime soo[n] . . . Please trust me on this . . . and if you do go don't use the subway," Teausant reportedly said in a text message to the undercover agent in December.

The plan was reportedly foiled at the last minute when authorities found out about it, according to the affidavit.

Teausant was charged with one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and faces a maximum of 15 years in prison, the Times reported.

Editor's Note: ObamaCare Is Here. Are You Prepared?

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved