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    Man Arrested in Alleged Terror Plot Has Psychiatric Problems, Family Says

    This undated photo provided by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision shows Emanuel Lutchman, of Rochester, N.Y.
    This undated photo provided by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision shows Emanuel Lutchman, of Rochester, N.Y.
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    The New York man who is accused of planning to carry out a New Year’s Eve attack on a Rochester bar on behalf of the Islamic State terror group has had psychiatric problems since childhood, according to his family.

    Federal authorities said Emanuel Lutchman, 25, had also been in trouble with the law since 2006 and converted to Islam while serving a five-year sentence for robbery.

    Lutchman was charged with attempting to provide material support to IS. The FBI said he had pledged allegiance to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and wanted to leave the United States to live in the IS caliphate.

    "The boy is impressionable,'' his father, Omar Lutchman, told NBC News. "First he was a Blood, then he was a Crip" — references to street gangs — "then he became a Muslim. He's easily manipulated.'"

    The father and the suspect's grandmother, Beverley Carridice, told the network that Lutchman is married and has a 2-year-old son but has been having marital problems.

    'We gotta do this'

    Lutchman had a contact overseas who urged him to show his support for IS, according to court papers filed Thursday. The contact told him to plan an “operation” on New Year’s Eve to kill “1,000,000s of kuffar [nonbelievers].”

    Court records said Lutchman armed himself with knives, a machete, duct tape, zip ties and ski masks. On a drive with an informer, Lutchman pointed out a restaurant/bar in Rochester that he later confirmed would be his target.

    “It’s going to get real after this. It’s just you, me and the Lord. We gotta do this; we gotta do this precise. If we grab somebody, they can't live,” Lutchman is quoted in the criminal complaint as saying to the informant.

    Assistant U.S. Attorney General John Carlin confirmed the alleged plan was to have been executed later Thursday, but said, “Thankfully, law enforcement was able to intervene and thwart Lutchman's deadly plans."

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement, “The arrest of Emanuel Lutchman is an important reminder of the new normal of global terrorism.”

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation's top agent in western New York state, Adam Cohen, said that while the alleged New Year's Eve plot was thwarted, the bureau "remains concerned about people overseas who use the Internet to inspire people in the United States to commit acts of violence where they live.”

    News of the arrest followed reports from around the world that security precautions were tightened in many cities to protect New Year's celebrations. Rochester, which is in upstate New York, canceled its planned New Year's Eve fireworks celebration.

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    by: Anonymous
    January 02, 2016 4:05 AM
    Obama would like to call it "workplace violence".
    In Response

    by: Michael from: USA
    January 03, 2016 3:37 PM
    Lee Camacho, seems you have hard time understanding sarcasm.
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    by: Lee Camacho from: St. Croix
    January 02, 2016 3:41 PM
    Really? Please tell us when he confided this to you.

    by: anynmous from: usa
    January 01, 2016 10:24 PM
    All terrorism has psychiatric problem. excessive of religion can cause to the person to be emotionally disturb regardless what religion he believe. in Islam the problem is worst because it is the religion that allow to kill .Islam consider killing and jihad is needed to fight infidel

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