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Cleveland: Federal authorities said Monday, July 2, 2018, that Demetrius Pitts, 48, had repeatedly expressed his support for al-Qaida for more than a year and talked about setting off bombs at a July 4 parade in Cleveland, Ohio and later in his hometown of Philadelphia.
Suspected Arrested After Scouting Potential Targets
Pitts, of Maple Heights, was due in federal court Monday in Cleveland. There were no court documents listing an attorney for him. He was arrested Sunday after meeting an undercover agent and charged with attempted support of a terrorist organization.
FBI Special Agent Stephen Anthony said it was not clear how close Pitts was to carrying out his threats, but he said authorities couldn’t sit back and wait to find out. Authorities first began watching Pitts in 2017, after he made Facebook posts threatening violence against the U.S., Anthony said.
An undercover agent in late June gave Pitts a bus pass and cellphone that he thought were from al-Qaida supporters so that he could go downtown and look for locations to carry out his attacks, according to a complaint filed by authorities. | Read the full story…. abc6onyourside.com
- (CBN News) Officials say Pitts spoke to undercover agents about the impact an explosion would have on Cleveland’s upcoming Fourth of July parade.
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CLEVELAND … FBI agent who he believed to be an al Qaeda “brother,” the affidavit says. Pitts met the undercover agent June 22 in Walton Hills. During the meeting he told the undercover agent of his desire to conduct a terrorist attack during the Fourth …
(July 2) An American-born citizen who federal authorities say recently scouted locations in Cleveland to attack people watching Fourth … arrested Sunday after meeting an undercover agent and charged with attempted support of a terrorist organization. FBI …
(CLEVELAND) — Federal authorities say they’ve arrested a man who talked about setting off a bomb at a Fourth of July parade in Cleveland and attacking … who lives in the Cleveland area and was arrested Sunday. FBI Special Agent Stephen Anthony …