FAIRFAX, VA (WUSA9) – A former officer with the Metro Transit Police Department has been indicted for attempting to support ISIL, also known as ISIS.
A federal grand jury indicted Nicholas Young, 37, of Fairfax, with attempting to provide material to the terrorist organization and obstruction of justice.
According to allegations in the indictment, between Dec. 3, 2015 and July 29, 2016, Young vowed to help protect ISIL personnel from capture. He planned to mislead the FBI about his “friend” who was traveling to Syria to join ISIL.
In reality, Young’s “friend” was an undercover FBI agent. The agent told Young he successfully joined the terrorist group in late 2014.
The FBI interviewed young about his “friend’s” attempt to join ISIL. According to allegations in the indictment, Young tried to deceive investigators. He allegedly sent a text message to the “friend’s” cell phone to make it appear that he left the U.S. to go on vacation in Turkey. However, Young believed the friend went to Turkey and then on to Syria to join and fight for ISIL.
Young also is accused of trying to get gift cards to help terrorists.
He faces up to 60 years in prison if convicted.
As noted in a previous post: Virginia: Metro Transit Cop Arrested for Attempts to Support ISIS Terrorists
According to the affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, Young told FBI agents that he traveled to Libya twice in 2011 and he had been with rebels attempting to overthrow the Muammar Qaddafi regime. Baggage searches revealed that Young traveled with body armor, a kevlar helmet, and several other military-style items.