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Maryland man facing federal indictment for attempting to provide support to ISIS

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Posted at 6:22 PM, Aug 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-28 18:21:59-04

GREENBELT, Md. — A Maryland man is facing federal indictment for attempting to provide material support to ISIS and for interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle.

The indictment alleges that 28-year-old Rondell Henry attempted to provide personnel and services to ISIS.

Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers stated, “The defendant, allegedly inspired by ISIS and its violent ideology, stole a vehicle as part of his plan to kill and injure innocent pedestrians. The National Security Division, working with our partners, remains committed to identifying and holding accountable those who would commit terrorist attacks on our soil.”

Previously filed court documents allege that Henry, who claimed to be inspired by ISIS, stole a U-Haul van in Alexandria, Virginia and then proceeded to drive it to Maryland with the intention of using it as a weapon against pedestrians on sidewalks within the National Harbor complex along the Potomac River in Maryland.

On March 27, the stolen U-Haul was located at the National Harbor in Maryland.

Law enforcement reviewed video surveillance of the area that showed the man parking and exiting the U-Haul. He was arrested the following day by Prince George’s County Police officers.

If convicted, Henry faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for attempting to provide material support to ISIS, and 10 years in prison for interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle.

A superseding indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by superseding indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.