A 19-year-old Chicago man was charged with a terrorism-related offense for allegedly trying to join ISIS.
According to NBC News, on Saturday police officials arrested Mohammed Hamzah Khan, who reside in the Chicago suburb of Bolingbrook, at O’Hare International Airport. He was waiting to board a flight to Vienna. From there, he had plans to fly to Istanbul, Turkey, continuing to Syria or Iraq to fight for ISIS.
A court document shows Khan purchased a round-trip ticket on Sep. 26 to travel from Chicago to Istanbul. The file describes handwritten documents expressing support for ISIS and jihad as well as outlining his travel plans. The document also expressed Khan’s outrage that he was obligated to pay taxes that would be used to kill his “Muslim brothers and sisters.”
There was a letter to his parents included in his outline stating, “First and foremost, please make sure not to tell the authorities,” he wrote, according to the complaint. “For if this were to happen it will jeopardize not only the safety of us but our family as well.”
It was not stated who purchased the plane ticket for Khan or who he intended to meet in Turkey.
On Monday, Khan was charged with one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. He appeared, for a brief moment, in court and was ordered to remain in custody until his detention hearing on Thursday.
If convicted Khan could face a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.