Florida: Haitian Indicted, Distributed Info on Explosives Online and Tried to Support ISIS

Source: Miami Resident Indicted for Online Distribution of Information Pertaining to Explosives and Attempting to Provide Material Support to a Foreign Terrorist Organization | USAO-SDFL | Department of Justice

Benjamin G. Greenberg, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and Robert F. Lasky, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, announced today that that a Grand Jury sitting in Miami, Florida returned an indictment against Samuel Baptiste, 25, of Miami, Florida, charging him with four counts of distributing information pertaining to explosives, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 842(p)(2)(A), one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2339B(a)(1), and one count of attempting to provide material support to terrorists, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2339A.

Baptiste, who is currently serving an 80 month prison sentence on federal firearms charges, had his initial appearance in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Edwin G. Torres on August 27, 2018. A detention hearing is scheduled before a U.S. Magistrate Judge, in Miami, on August 30, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

According to allegations contained within the indictment, on November 6, 2016, Baptiste posted and distributed online documents titled “Instructions: How to Make a Homemade Pipe Bomb,” “Pipe Bombs,” “Improvised Explosive Devices,” and “Improvised Munitions Black Book, Volume 1,” with the intent that the information be used for and in furtherance of an activity that constitutes a Federal crime of violence.  Moreover, by posting these documents, Baptiste attempted to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization, specifically ISIS.

If convicted, Baptiste faces a maximum sentence of twenty years in prison as to each of count of distributing information and attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and fifteen years in prison for attempting to provide material support to terrorists. In addition, Baptiste faces up to three years of supervised release and up to a $250,000 fine on each count of conviction.

The case was investigated by the FBI’s Miami Division and the South Florida Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Marc S. Anton and Michael Thakur.  Department of Justice Counterterrorism Attorney Joseph Attias provided assistance with this matter.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.


It appears Baptiste is a Haitian immigrant and/or refugee and the DOJ only referred to him as a Miami resident. More via George Washington Univ. Extremism Tracker:

SAMUEL BAPTISTE
Samuel  Baptiste,  23*,  and  Jose  Noel,  of  Florida, were  charged  with  one  count  of  conspiracy  to smuggle  goods  from  the  U.S.  In  addition,  Baptiste  was  charged  separately  with  one  count  of  felony  possession of a firearm, while Noel was charged with one count of alien possession of a firearm. The complaint  transpired  as  a  result  of  the  FBI  monitoring  Baptiste’s  social  media  accounts,  which  he  allegedly used in order to “to disseminate extremist propaganda,”  praise attacks  conducted  by  al-Qaeda, and “promote travel to Syria for jihad.” Video surveillance from October 2016 captured Baptiste and Noel “renting, possessing, and shooting firearms” at  the  Florida  Gun  center.  Later,  Baptiste  allegedly  told  an  FBI  undercover  employee  about  an online  communication  platform  he  started  called  “Jihadi  Gear,” and likened it to a preparation channel.” The website featured images of guns, knives, and You-Tube videos of instructions for building weapons.

* According to Baptiste’s Tumblr account “Khilafahaiti”

Source: Baptiste  Criminal  Complaint, Bap-tiste Court Minutes


It also appears that Baptiste was a convert to Islam.

2 thoughts on “Florida: Haitian Indicted, Distributed Info on Explosives Online and Tried to Support ISIS

  1. Just another jihadi embracing the American dream, that’s to destroy American society and replace it with a sharia shithole! why give this goat humper twenty years treason is execution Bring on ole sparky! Justice regular or extra crispy!!

  2. We need to let in more of these types! Who needs “Freedom and Justice for All” when you can learn “How to Make a Homemade Pipe Bomb”…..? Who says it’s wrong to rape, murder and blow us all to kingdom come??? GO DEMS!!!! BRING IN THE TERRORISTS!!!!

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