(Reuters) – A California man who prosecutors say was on his way to Syria to join an Islamist militant group was arrested on Monday near the U.S.-Canada border in Washington state on a charge of attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization, federal officials said.
The U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement that 20-year-old Nicholas Teausant had planned to cross into Canada and travel on to Syria to join an al Qaeda-linked militant group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
Teausant, who was arrested near the border in Blaine, Washington, faces a maximum of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted. He is scheduled to appear in federal court in Seattle on Monday afternoon.
This is likely his Facebook page. He seems to be on YouTube also.
UPDATE: More information at The Daily Mail: Beginning last spring, Teausant began expressing on his online photography account a desire to see America’s downfall, saying ‘I would love to join Allah’s army but I don’t even know how to start,’ the complaint said.
Later, he took to another online forum to say he hoped to fight in Syria, the document states.
It wasn’t immediately clear if Teausant had a lawyer.
He was charged with a single count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and was due to appear later Monday in U.S. District Court in Seattle.
The complaint said he had discussed numerous other ideas for terrorist activity that never came to fruition, including a plot supposedly hatched during a camping trip with seven other people to bomb the Los Angeles subway system last New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day…