A father’s tip to law enforcement authorities has led to the arrest of a 19-year-old North Carolina man. The feds alleged Justin Nojan Sullivan was plotting to conduct massive terror attacks on behalf of the Islamic State in the United States. Federal authorities laid down charges against him on Monday.
The charges against Sullivan include facing weapons violations as well as attempting to provide material support to Islamic State, Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin said according to a Department of Justice press release.
Sullivan’s father noticed something strange on how his young son had been behaving lately, prompting him to contact the police in late April. The older Sullivan said the 19-year-old was trying to burn and dispose Buddhist religious objects in their home in what seemed to be an Islamic-State inspired tirade.
But on Monday during a court appearance when charges were read against the young Sullivan, his parents told reporters they were shocked by the allegations contained in the criminal complaint.
Apart from the massive terror attacks, the young Sullivan also allegedly planned for someone to kill his parents.
Court documents revealed Sullivan caught the attention of the FBI when he had asked a man to build a silencer for him because “the war is here.” He also told the man he planned on carrying out “minor assassinations before the big attack for training,” and that a video will be made of these and be sent to the Islamic State.
His contact turned out to be an undercover FBI operative.
Sullivan was arrested at home immediately after receiving the silencer which the FBI agent sent through the mail.
Court documents said he wanted to kill as many as 1,000 people. It added that Sullivan mentioned using chemical weapons, coating bullets with cyanide, robbing banks as well as setting off a big vehicle bomb.
Sullivan allegedly scoured the online Yellow Pages for possible targets, the criminal complaint added.
Despite the allegations, NBC News reported it remained unclear just how big a threat Sullivan was to the U.S.