Report: Man Arrested for Providing Material Support to Terrorists, Spoke of Bombing Trump Tower

A New Jersey man who allegedly talked about bombing Trump Tower and killing pro-Israel demonstrators has been arrested on charges related to terrorism.

Jonathan Xie, 20, of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, has been charged with two counts of attempting to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization, two counts of making false statements, and one count of transmitting a threat in interstate commerce, according to a Department of Justice news release.

According to the release and a criminal complaint, Xie was asked by a participant in an Instagram Live video in April if he would join Hamas. Xie replied, “(Y)es, If I could find a way.”

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During the video, Xie threatened participants in a pro-Israel march, the complaint stated. The video showed Xie displaying what appeared to be a gun.

“I’m gonna go to the [expletive] pro-Israel march and I’m going to shoot everybody,” the statement quoted Xie as saying.

“I want to shoot the pro-Israel demonstrators . . . you can get a gun and shoot your way through or use a vehicle and ram people … all you need is a gun or vehicle to go on a rampage … I do not care if security forces come after me, they will have to put a bullet in my head to stop me,” the complaint quoted Xie as saying.

Xie also spoke about attacking Trump Tower, according to the Justice Department.

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In April, he posted a photo of Trump Tower with the words “I want to bomb Trump Tower” imposed upon it.

Xie later posted, “Donald Trump, he should be hung from the gallows!”

He followed that up, according to the news release, by posting, “Okay, so I went to NYC today and passed by Trump Tower, then I started thinking about bombing it and I was imagining that the explosion would kill Trump and then I started laughing hysterically . . . s–t I forgot to visit the Israeli embassy in NYC . . .i want to bomb this place along with trump tower.”

Later in April, Xie talked about the Coachella music festival in California, which had just taken place.

“Someone needs to get a truck filled with explosives and blow up the Coachella event. Watch their blood and dead bodies litter the streets,” he wrote, according to the complaint.

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Those posts followed Xie’s attempt in February to join the Army with an ulterior motive he explained in a post, according to the statement.

He said he wanted “to learn how to kill… So I can use that knowledge.” and later added, “Idk if I pass the training…If I should do lone wolf. That is why I have to learn military techniques from the Army …”

The release did not say what became of Xie’s attempt to enlist in the military.

In December, Xie sent $100 to someone he thought was part of the Al-Qassam Brigades, a violent arm of Hamas.

At the time, according to the news release, Xie posted to his Instagram account: “Just donated $100 to Hamas. Pretty sure it was illegal but I don’t give a damn.”

Federal authorities called Xie’s arrest a sign that preventive measures against terrorism are necessary.

“Homegrown violent extremists like Xie are a serious threat to national security,” U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said in the news release.

“The actions that he took and planned to take made that threat both clear and present, and we commend our law enforcement partners for working closely with us to stop him before he could carry out his plans to commit violence on American soil. We will continue to do everything in our power to safeguard our country and its citizens from the threat of terrorism, whether that threat comes from abroad or – as here – from within.”

Xie, who made his initial court appearance on Wednesday, is being held without bail.

“The threat from homegrown violent extremists who self-radicalize remains persistent,” FBI Assistant Director for Counterterrorism Michael McGarrity said in the news release. “While more Americans may be familiar with ISIS, we take seriously those who wish to help any designated terrorist organization.”

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Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack can be reached at jackwritings1@gmail.com.
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