Mary Margaret Olohan on April 8, 2019
Federal prosecutors charged a man Monday with planning to commit an act of terrorism by driving a U-Haul truck into a crowd in National Harbor, Maryland.
The FBI arrested computer expert Rondell Henry, 28, of Germantown, Maryland, on March 28. He quit his job on March 26 with the intent to commit an attack inspired by Islamic State propaganda, according to the Department of Justice.
BREAKING: Federal law enforcement officials have arrested Rondell Henry, who they say was inspired by ISIS, for allegedly planning to ram a stolen truck "through a crowd full of people" in Washington, DC pic.twitter.com/D71Ns33tLP
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 8, 2019
Henry stole a U-Haul truck and then drove around Washington, D.C., looking for a place with plenty of pedestrians, authorities say. He allegedly drove to Dulles International Airport in Virginia and contemplated driving the truck into “disbelievers” there, ABC News reported. However, authorities say he decided against this and drove to National Harbor instead.
BREAKING: Federal authorities have charged 28yo Rondell Henry of Germantown, Md., alleging he stole a UHaul van and planned to use it to run over a large group of people at National Harbor.
“He harbored hatred for those who do not practice the Muslim faith,” authorities say. pic.twitter.com/n9qScYnpqX
— Kevin Lewis (@ABC7Kevin) April 8, 2019
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Henry told authorities that upon arrival in National Harbor he realized that it was too early in the morning and chose to wait until larger crowds arrived.
Henry parked the truck in National Harbor and hid overnight in a boat, according to authorities. Meanwhile, after U-Haul reported the stolen vehicle, the FBI discovered the U-Haul and checked surveillance cameras. They discovered Henry who admitted to stealing the truck and his desire to carry out the attacksout of “hatred” for anyone who was not Muslim.
“I was just going to keep driving and driving and driving. I wasn’t going to stop,” Henry told investigators, according to the Justice Department.
Members of his family reported him missing on March 26 and stated they were concerned for his emotional well-being, authorities say.
“He was a computer engineer by trade, and knew nothing of explosives or firearms. But he knew how to drive, and he also knew of the terrorist truck attack in Nice, France. So the defendant decided to use what was readily at his disposal and conduct a vehicular attack on a crowd of innocents,” federal prosecutors said in court documents.
Henry will appear in court for a detention hearing Tuesday, MSNBC reported.
“We continue to gather evidence, as well as review evidence already obtained as part of this ongoing investigation,” U.S. Attorney for Maryland Robert Hur said in a statement.
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