Man arrested for alleged July 4th attack plan

The suspect is charged with a federal crime after a lengthy investigation.

Posted: Jul 2, 2018 9:26 AM
Updated: Jul 2, 2018 9:40 AM

During a Monday morning news conference, the FBI announced the arrest of Demetruis Nathaniel Pitts, also known as Abdur Raheem Rahfeeq. He is charged with attempting to support a foreign terrorist organization, which is a federal crime.

FBI officials say Pitts was planning a July 4th attack in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, which included using vans packed with explosives. 

Pitts was arrested Sunday by the Joint Terrorism Task Force. The FBI says they began looking into what they describe as "disturbing Facebook posts" allegedly made by Pitts, which showed his support for Al-Qaeda.

A 30-page criminal complaint details what Pitts had planned for this July 4th celebration. It also included targeting children of military families. 

During the news conference, FBI officials say Pitts previously pledged his allegiance to Al-Qaeda. 

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