Staten Island man pleads guilty to terror plot, attack on Federal Bureau of Investigation agent
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 11, 2017,
Feb 11, 2017, 20:25
A Mariners Harbor man who allegedly hid a knife in case the Federal Bureau of Investigation showed up has admitted he was trying to help the foreign terrorist group ISIS.
Mumuni's co-defendant, Munther Omar Saleh, of Queens, is expected to plead guilty Friday in Brooklyn federal court, according to a court spokesman.
Fareed Mumuni, 22, pleaded guilty in a Brooklyn federal court to five counts including attempted murder and charges that he planned to aid the extremist organization.
Working with ISIS fighters located overseas, Saleh and Mumuni coordinated their plot to conduct a terrorist attack in New York City.
Saleh was arrested in Queens in June 2015 and he admitted to agents that he had discussed with Mumuni physically attacking the law enforcement officers who were surveilling Mumuni.
Both men are scheduled to be sentenced on May 16, 2017 before Judge Margo Brodie.
"In the name of ISIL's false and hateful ideology, these defendants attacked the law enforcement officers who work tirelessly to preserve the safety of our communities", United States Attorney Robert Capers said in a statement. He faces a maximum sentence of 65 years.
Saleh waived his Miranda rights and admitted that he was a "full-fledged" member of IS.
Saleh also informed ISIS fighters that his co-conspirators?five individuals located in NY and New Jersey?had confronted law enforcement officers who were surveilling them continuously.
When the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrived at his Staten Island home to execute a search warrant, he ignored their commands to move to a couch.
After federal officers entered his Mersereau Avenue residence, Mumuni repeatedly stabbed an FBI agent in the torso, striking his protective body armor.
According to court documents, electronic and physical surveillance revealed that Saleh searched online for the materials to create a pressure cooker bomb, and conducted Internet searches for "various notable New York City landmarks and tourist attractions".
"Today's guilty pleas show just how close the threat of homegrown terrorism exists for New York City, " Assistant Director in Charge Sweeney said, according to the statment from the DOJ.
Since March 2014, 114 people have faced US charges related to the Islamic State militant group, according to the Program on Extremism at George Washington University.