Erick Jamal Hendricks of Charlotte, N.C., was detained Thursday in Ohio for providing substantial assistance to ISIS.
A Department of Justice press release stated that Hendricks tried to recruit and train people in the United States to commit terrorist acts. “Hendricks allegedly told another person that his goal was to create a sleeper cell to be trained and housed at a secure compound that would conduct attacks in the United States. He mentioned that potential targets included military members whose information had been released by ISIS and the woman who organized the Draw Prophet Mohammad contest,” the DOJ press release said.
Conservative activist Pamela Geller was the organizer of the Muhammad drawing contest.
In June 2015, another unnamed individual was arrested in Ohio after attempting to buy an AK-47 from an undercover law enforcement agent. This individual had pledged allegiance to ISIS over social media.
Hendricks had contacted him earlier in 2015 and said he “needed” to “get brothers to train together.” Hendricks “claimed to have 10 members signed up for his group.” The DOJ press release stated that Hendricks said, “there were several ‘brothers’ located in Texas and Mexico.” Hendricks sought to have these “brothers” meet “face to face.”
“[The arrested unnamed individual] allegedly believed that Hendricks and the ‘brothers in Texas and Mexico’ may have been responsible for a thwarted terrorist attack in Garland, Texas, on May 3, 2015,” the DOJ press release stated. The two men responsible for the Garland attack were living in Arizona at the time.
ISIS gains it’s supporters from every nook and cranny. It is surprising that it is a American, but it shouldn’t be. ISIS membership or allegiance doesn’t require anything but a willing hand to help the cause.