New Jersey: Man pledged allegiance to Allah, planned to “kill as many people as possible” in NYC

Source: Point Pleasant man wanted to make bomb for ISIS, feds say

NEWARK – A Point Pleasant man appeared in federal court Friday to face charges that he planned to build and set off a pressure cooker bomb in New York City in support of ISIS, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for New Jersey.

Gregory Lepsky, 20, was ordered held without bail after he appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Leda Dunn Wettre in Newark and was given a court-appointed lawyer. Lepsky, who was charged with one count of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, did not enter a plea. His lawyer did not comment after the brief hearing.

“Go away,” a woman yelled Friday afternoon from the Lepsky home, a condominium complex on Route 88. “I told you to go away.”

Reached by phone, Lepsky’s mother, Luda, said that the charges are “not true.”

“This is my son, I feel I am going to die,” she said.

According to the federal complaint, Lepsky was arrested by Point Pleasant police on Feb. 21 after a family member told authorities Lepsky had a weapon and was threatening to kill the family’s dog.

Police responded, called Lepsky on his phone and asked him to exit the home. Lepsky eventually came out, bleeding from one of arm.

While paramedics were treating him, Lepsky, unprompted, told them he was planning to kill his mother, according to the federal complaint. He also pledged allegiance to Allah, the Arabic word for “God.”

Lepsky said he stabbed the family dog because the dog was “dirty” in his view of Islam.

Police entered Lepsky’s home and found the family dog alive, but with a large slash mark on its back.

 Police also found a new pressure cooker behind a roll of bubble wrap in Lepsky’s bedroom closet, as well as books on suicide bombing.

Lepsky said he had joined ISIS and had plane tickets to Turkey, according to the complaint. His cellphone had the ISIS flag as its background photo.

After being taken to a local hospital, Lepsky told hospital staff his name was “Allah Abdel Rochmad” and he planned to detonate a pressure cooker bomb in a busy area of New York City to “kill as many people as possible,” the federal complaint said.

The complaint said Lepsky told a hospital worker that he had watched bomb-making videos online and that he was trying to be a suicide bomber before police caught him.

On Feb. 22, Lepsky told investigators he was going to buy black musket gunpowder to turn the pressure cooker he purchased into a bomb. Lepsky told authorities he regretted trying to kill his family dog because police wouldn’t have figured out his plan if he hadn’t.

On Feb. 24, investigators spoke with the family member who initially contacted police. That person said they first noticed changes in Lepksy in December when he began expressing opinions associated with radical Islam.

Investigators searched Lepsky’s computers and found evidence that Lepsky planned to build and detonate a bomb in support of ISIS, according to the complaint. Investigators also said they found social media messages in which Lepsky told others he planned to fight on behalf of ISIS and would drive “a bunch of explosives” to where the “enemies” were and blow himself up.

In the days before his arrest, Lepsky posted photos of himself in military fatigues with a pistol and semiautomatic weapon on Facebook, according to the complaint. He also sent messages to others saying he had converted to Islam with the intent of going to Syria.

In text messages to another family member, Lepsky sent pro-ISIS messages, including praise for ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

“I linked up with some guy I met on a chat website and he wants me to become Muslim and join ISIS,” Lepsky said in message to someone, the FBI reported. “I really wanna go join ISIS.”

He said in another Facebook message that his father was a Muslim from Chechnya, but stopped being religious when he moved to America.

“But I want to be different,” investigators said he wrote. “I want to be religious and grow up and be a martyr.”

Investigators additionally found thousands of internet searches about ISIS, terrorist attacks and beheadings.

“It’s just scary,” said Kim, a neighbor. She declined to give her last name.

6 thoughts on “New Jersey: Man pledged allegiance to Allah, planned to “kill as many people as possible” in NYC

  1. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times, why do these slimeballs all get to have “Court appointed lawyers” AT TAXPAYERS’ EXPENSE????? That is a travesty! Why, oh why, do we loyal, peace-loving Americans have to pay TO DEFEND THIS POS????? I would say, if he can’t afford his own legal defense then let him ROT in jail!!!!! And as for his mother, who is totally living in denial, I’d say it’s high time that she opened her eyes to the reality that her “son” was plotting to kill her IN COLD BLOOD!!!!! God help the poor innocent family dog, let’s hope the authorities took it away for it’s own protection! Blessed God Almighty, just look at what the idiots who support “sanctuary cities”, are trying to protect! Trouble is, he’s American-born, so there’s no way he can be deported! It’s the “perfect” ISIS scheme to infiltrate and destroy us from within!!!!! Thank God Almighty that this monster was stopped, is all I can say…..

  2. Islam and Sharia do not belong in ANY non-Muslim culture.

    How many times do they have to prove it?

    Congress peeps are counting on us to say nothing and do nothing.

    If you are happy with allowing Sharia into our country, you’ll continue to be happy till the end, you’ll continue to be happy till the end.

    If you are not happy…what are you doing?

    Midnight’s not creeping, it’s at a gallop…


  3. why do whites and blacks convert to islam? I don’t think I’ve seen any Mexican converts lately. Is it because of their up-bringing-or lack there of. I sort of blame the schools but the schools are not there to raise the children, so the blame rests solely on the parents. No discipline as a young child just some time out or sent to their room full of toys and video games.. I also blame the parents for not raising them in a GOD fearing home-but the parents probably weren’t God fearing to begin with. With islam these people have a sense of belonging to a family unit but they are deceived because islam and the imam’s only use them for islams evil… It all has to do with religion (whether you believe or not doesn’t matter to me)-light verses darkness–good verses evil. If you have young children-spank them when they are bad but explain why you did it and love them after. train them about good and evil. You the parent will be responsible for their life in the end…………….look how this guy turned out- he wanted to kill his mother. so much for family love in their house…….have a nice day. :)

    • We really are in this mess b/c, as a nation, we’ve chosen to thumb our nose in the face of God. The Liberals and Dems can protest all they choose, but America is in danger of an islamic takeover b/c we have rejected our upbringing and the God of our forefathers! The scary reality is that anymore, half the people of our country don’t even know the difference betw the true God of the Bible and other pagan false gods (to which ‘allah’ certainly takes top priority)! Solomon wrote it many, many years ago, “the fear of the Lord, is the beginning of wisdom….” That still holds true–and always will! Likewise, it is equally just as true, “the fool hath said in his heart, ‘there is no God'”! The abundant “blessings” to which the average American has grown so accustomed, and of which most of us take for granted, are a direct result of God’s great mercy for our having acknowledged Him–I’m afraid that’s all about to change!!!!! The sad reality here, is that this young hellion kid probably never even heard the truth of the Bible, or the truth of the Gospel. If he had, he might actually be trying to make the world a better place instead of trying to destroy it and everything in it!!!!!

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