A 25-year-old New York man who allegedly supported ISIS and was plotting a New Year’s Eve attack has been arrested, according to the Daily Mail.
Emanuel Lutchman, a Muslim convert and ex-con, had been in communication with a member of ISIS in Syria who told him, “New Year’s is here soon. Do operation and kill some kuffar,” according to court documents.
Kuffar refers to non-Muslims.
He began speaking about his support for the terrorist group and his desire to travel overseas and join ISIL in conversations with an unidentified individual in November.
Then, earlier this month, he first made contact with the man who identified himself as a 'brother' of ISIL.
This individual told Lutchman how lucky he was to be living in the United States and how that allowed him to carry out attacks his brothers overseas could only dream of, according to the criminal complaint.
Just this past weekend, Lutchman sent a audio recording swearing his allegiance to ISIL.
On Monday morning Lutchman met with an individual who was working with the FBI during which time he mentioned his communications.
He mentioned wanting to target a bar or club at this meeting, saying he would sneak inside a bomb or perhaps kidnap some people, according to the criminal complaint.
He also said; 'I will take a life. I don't have a problem with that.'
Lutchman purchased a machete and masks at Walmart for the attack, which reportedly was to be at a bar or restaurant in the Rochester area. He told the informant, “It’s going to get real after this. It’s just you, me and the Lord. We gotta do this, we gotta do this precise.”
He was arrested on Wednesday and appeared in court on Thursday morning.