2 Americans arrested for plotting terror attacks on Trump Tower, other U.S. sites to show allegiance to ISIS

by Jenny Mount · Sep 25th, 2020 2:42 pm
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Last Updated Sep 26th, 2020 at 8:46 pm

According to federal authorities, two men allegedly plotted terror attacks against Trump Tower and the New York Stock Exchange, believing the destruction would be "Netflix worthy" and earn them "rock star status.".

The two men, Kristopher Sean Matthews of South Carolina and Jaylyn Christopher Molina of Texas, were arrested on Monday. After coming up with several possible sites for the U.S. terror attacks to take place, Matthews suggested to "hit government centers" rather than places "like malls where innocent children are."

"We need to stick together, we need to defeat them, we need to take a lot of casualties, a lot of numbers," Molina posted in a secretive chat group that revealed to FBI investigators the men pledging their loyalty to ISIS.

Court documents show Matthews suggested they target state and Social Security buildings, the Trump Tower or the stock market in New York, or even shoot at the White House.

Matthews believed that if they "accomplished the mission," then the attacks would grant them "rock star status." Matthews also wrote, "This could be Netflix worthy" in the chat group.

"I would hit places like that to send a message," Matthews allegedly wrote regarding possible attacks on the headquarters of the CIA, FBI, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. "In my opinion if you really want to do some damage and make a statement I would have a team … have a three- to four- man team and everyone spreads out … hit different sides then boom engulf them."

Molina also allegedly spoke out against America in an online chat in early May.

"Let it be clear, I am against America. America is my enemy," he said, also posting a graphic photo collage of an American citizen being killed by ISIS.

Both Molina and Matthews have been accused of conspiring to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization and could face up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and a lifetime of supervised release if convicted.


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