An ISIS-inspired Maryland man was arrested and charged with theft of a rental truck as he was headed toward Washington D.C. to plow through pedestrians. He was planning an attack at National Harbor in Maryland near Washington DC.
Rondell Henry, 28, of Germantown, Maryland was accused by federal prosecutors of planning to carry out this attack. On March 28 he was arrested after surveillance video showed him parking and getting out of a U-Haul truck that was reported as stolen two days earlier.
A Maryland man has been charged with stealing a rental truck that authorities say he wanted to use to kill pedestrians at National Harbor in Maryland, near Washington, DC. https://t.co/201WEgssG9
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 8, 2019
“He said he wanted to carry out a Nice-style attack,” a law enforcement official stated, while referring to the terror attack in Nice, France involving a truck that killed 86 people.
“I was just going to keep driving and driving and driving. I wasn’t going to stop,” Henry said to the FBI.
Feds: Maryland Muslim plotted jihad mass murder by ramming truck into crowds at National Harbor waterfront: The Justice Department said the jihadi harbored "hatred" for anyone who wasn't Muslim and wanted to slaughter innocents like the attack in Nice,… https://t.co/E1fYCKKE3y pic.twitter.com/sd4bITcGOk
— Pamela Geller (@PamelaGeller) April 8, 2019
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Investigators said Henry, who is a U.S. citizen, harbored hatred for people who are not Muslim and became inspired to commit jihad after watching ISIS propaganda videos.
Family members reported the computer engineer missing March 26 after he failed to report to work as a contractor at a Maryland satellite services company. They told police they were concerned for his “physical and emotional welfare.”
That same day, according to investigators, the U-Haul truck was stolen from a mall parking garage in Alexandria, Virginia. The driver reported seeing a car follow the truck and park a few spaces away.
It’s great that authorities were able to track this guy down and are now prosecuting him.