This past Friday, a young man from Seattle was detained and arrested during an attempt to try and board an international flight seeking to join the designated foreign terrorist organization ISIS.
In press release sent out on Tuesday, the Department of Justice(DOJ) announced the capture of Elvin Hunter Bgorn Williams, aged 20, who has been charged with trying to join ISIS “in order to engage in violent acts of terrorism in the Middle East or the United States.” In court documents, the DOJ alleged that they had conducted a lengthy investigation that had led to the arrest of Williams.
“As alleged, Williams was determined to support ISIS either by traveling overseas to join and fight with the terrorist organization, or by conducting an attack here in the United States.” stated General John C. Demers, Assistant Attorney for the Justice Department’s National Security Division. “The FBI was just as determined to stop him, and he was intercepted as he tried to make his way abroad. The threat of terrorism at home and abroad remains, and the National Security Division is committed to holding accountable those who would provide material support to foreign terrorist organizations. I want to thank the agents, analysts, and prosecutors who are responsible for this case.”
As stated by the DOJ, Williams first drew the FBI’s attention after a mosque in the Seattle area reached out to the Bureau due to their heavy concerns about the young man.
“The mosque had attempted to provide support and guidance to Williams, but members became aware he was deeply involved in ISIS propaganda. Williams was using mosque-provided electronic devices to engage in online chats with ISIS radicals and to view ISIS propaganda videos of beheadings and other acts of violence. In November 2020, Williams allegedly swore an oath of allegiance to ISIS,” stated the DOJ. “Using confidential sources close to Williams, the FBI monitored his activity and became aware of his efforts to travel to the Middle East and join ISIS. Williams expressed to his associates that if he could not travel overseas, he would commit an attack in the U.S. on behalf of ISIS. Williams began communicating with those he believed were ISIS recruiters who could get him to an ISIS terror cell in the Middle East or other parts of the world.”
The DOJ ended up apprehending the man after he was caught booking a flight intended for Amsterdam with a connector sending him to Egypt with the goal to join a terrorist organization. He is officially charged with “attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization,” Stated the DOJ. If the charges stick and Williams is convicted, he will see a 20-year sentence in prison.