Md. Man Charged with Trying to Murder U.S. Service Member, Provide Material Support to ISIS

By Melanie Arter | August 10, 2017 | 12:51 PM EDT

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(CNSNews.com) – A 25-year-old Bangladesh citizen who lives in Landover Hills, Md., was charged by a federal grand jury Tuesday with trying to provide material support to ISIS and trying to kill a member of the U.S. military.

Nelash Das, a legal permanent resident, was also charged by a federal grand jury with using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a violent crime. He was previously indicted on the material support charge, the DOJ announced on its website.

“The superseding indictment alleges that from October 2015 to Sept. 30, 2016, Das knowingly attempted to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization, namely ISIS,”
 the DOJ stated. It also alleges that Das knew ISIS was a terrorist group.

The superseding indictment also charges him with trying to “murder a federal employee – an individual who was a member of the uniformed services and a Special Agent with the FBI.”

Das was brought to the attention of authorities because of comments he made in social media posts, saying that he envied seeing “brothers” getting killed slaying “infidels” while he was sitting at home, “not getting any action,” the Washington Times reported in an Oct. 4, 2016 article. “Sitting on Twitter is not enough,” he wrote.

Shortly afterwards, Das met with an undercover agent who was posting as an ISIS supporter. Prosecutors said Das was under the impression that an ISIS contact in Iraq would pay the them $80,000 to kill military personnel in Prince George’s County, the Baltimore Sun reported.

He was arrested after he bought guns and ammunition in Virginia and was heading to a service member’s home.

He’s facing a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted.