WASHINGTON, D.C. — Remember when ISIS leaders said the U.S. capital was next on their hit list?
Washington D. C. Metro officer Nicholas Young, 36, was arrested Wednesday after the FBI accused him of providing material support to ISIS. His arrest marks the first time a U.S. law enforcement officer is accused of aiding the ISIS terror group.
According to court documents, Young has been on law enforcement’s radar since 2010. He was busted in July for allegedly buying gift cards for ISIS and sending mobile messaging codes to an undercover federal agent he thought was in Syria helping ISIS fighters.
Officials said Young confessed to torturing animals as a child and dressing as ‘Jihadi John’ for Halloween in 2014.
“We’re mindful of the risk that is posed by home-grown extremists,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.
Young has been fired from his position, officials said. He had been a Metro officer since 2003.
Investigators are now combing Young’s home for clues.
“The Department of Justice and law enforcement officials at the FBI take quite seriously the responsibility that they have to protect the American people,” Earnest said.
The Justice Department said the D.C. Metro Transit system was never under any immediate threat posed by Young.