Maine teen accused of plotting to assault a Chicago space mosque

In keeping with courtroom paperwork unsealed on Friday, Xavier Pelkey, who was 18 years previous when he was arrested on February 11, was charged by prison grievance in Maine federal courtroom for one rely of possession of unregistered harmful gadgets.

CNN has reached out to an legal professional for Pelkey for remark.

Within the paperwork, an FBI agent stated investigators discovered three objects in a backpack that gave the impression to be handmade explosive gadgets. An preliminary evaluation of the objects discovered them to be fireworks taped along with staples, pins, and thumbtacks, which the FBI agent stated had been “designed to extend the quantity of shrapnel propelled by an explosion” if detonated.

Prosecutors allege Pelkey deliberate to assault a Shia Muslim mosque within the Chicago space “throughout spring break” with a 15-year-old and a 17-year-old with whom he had been talking on Instagram.

FBI Agent Garrett Drew alleges it was Pelkey’s job to amass extra firearms and ammunition and he allegedly “had constructed an explosive system ‘to get extra folks,'” in keeping with courtroom paperwork.

Drew stated in a declaration filed in February and unsealed Thursday that the Chicago-area 15-year-old instructed the FBI the three deliberate to enter the mosque, “separate the adults from the kids, then homicide the adults.”

“If they’d not encountered legislation enforcement at that time, they’d proceed on to a different Shia mosque or Jewish synagogue and execute the identical plan,” the courtroom submitting states. “They didn’t have a plan to flee however slightly their plan ended with them being shot by legislation enforcement.”

Chicago FBI brokers seized a number of firearms, swords, knives, a bow and arrows, a number of do-it-yourself ISIS flags, and a number of digital gadgets from the 15-year-old’s dwelling whereas executing a search warrant in February, the courtroom submitting stated.

Investigators additionally searched the house of a 17-year-old in Kentucky in February, who investigators imagine spoke with Pelkey on Instagram, who instructed them Pelkey talked about “gathering supplies to make fireworks to assault somebody.”

Within the submitting, Drew stated the FBI investigation obtained info from Fb for the Instagram account the 2 unnamed teenagers stated they used to speak, after which linked it to an IP tackle for Pelkey. The FBI searched Pelkey’s dwelling on February 11, he agreed to reply questions from investigators and confirmed he was the proprietor of the Instagram account, the submitting states. Investigators discovered three do-it-yourself explosives and do-it-yourself ISIS flags.

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