Suspected ISIS backer held for NY attack plot: Justice Department

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New York Man Arrested, Accused of Planning Terrorist Plot for ISIS

(Reuters) -- A 25-year-old man accused of planning to attack a restaurant in upstate New York on New Year's Eve has been arrested and charged with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State militant group, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday.

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Emanuel L. Lutchman, claiming to have received direction from an alleged member of the group, also known as ISIS, wanted to target a restaurant in Rochester, New York, where he lives, according to a criminal complaint filed against him. He was arrested on Wednesday.

The complaint said Lutchman told a paid informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation that they could plant a bomb inside the establishment and also kidnap and kill people.

"I will take a life. I don't have a problem with that," Lutchman said, according to the complaint, which noted that he planned to use knives during the attack.

The complaint described Lutchman as a "self-professed Muslim convert with a criminal history dating back to approximately 2006 ... as well as previous state mental hygiene arrests."

Lutchman appeared in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York on Thursday. The charge he faces carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The complaint said that in November and December Lutchman expressed support for IslamicState in telephone conversations with another paid informant for the FBI. It said he had been in contact this month with a person claiming to be a member of the Islamic State militant group in Syria.

On Tuesday, he went to a Walmart store in Rochester with one of the informants and bought two black ski masks, zip-tie fasteners, two knives, a machete, duct tape, ammonia and latex gloves for the planned attack, the complaint said.

He had no money and the informant paid about $40 for the supplies, it said.

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The Waterford crystal ball is shown atop One Times Square, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in New York. Hundreds of thousands of people in Times Square are expected to watch the ball drop at midnight Thursday to welcome in the New Year. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 29: Jeffrey Straus, President of Countdown Entertainment and Co-Producer of New Year's Eve and Tim Tompkins, President Times Square Alliance and Co-Producer of New Year's Eve take part in the confetti test as part of the run up to New Year's Eve 2016 celebrations In Times Square at the Hard Rock Cafe on December 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
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Revelers toss confetti from the Hard Rock Cafe marquis as a pre-New Year's publicity stunt, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015 in New York's Times Square. Hundreds of thousands of revelers are expected to welcome in the New Year in Times Square. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 29: New Year's Eve 2016 In Times Square - Confetti Test at Times Square on December 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
Electricians Nick Bonavita, left, and Jason Andrle install triangular crystals into a panel they are installing on the Waterford crystal ball, background, on the roof of One Times Square, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in New York. Hundreds of thousands of people in Times Square are expected to watch the ball drop at midnight Thursday. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Electrician Jason Andrle installs a panel into the Times Square Waterford crystal ball, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in New York. Hundreds of thousands of people in Times Square are expected to watch the ball drop at midnight Thursday. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 27: A general view of atmosphere of the Waterford Crystal Installation for New Year's Eve 2016 atop One Times Square at Times Square on December 27, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 27: A general view of atmosphere of the Waterford Crystal Installation for New Year's Eve 2016 atop One Times Square at Times Square on December 27, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
The Waterford crystal ball is shown atop One Times Square during a media opportunity, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in New York. Hundreds of thousands of people in Times Square are expected to watch the ball drop at midnight Thursday to welcome in the New Year. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 27: A general view of atmosphere of the Waterford Crystal Installation for New Year's Eve 2016 atop One Times Square at Times Square on December 27, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 27: A general view of the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball during the installation of 288 new Waterford crystals on the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball at Times Square on December 27, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
The Waterford crystal ball is shown atop One Times Square, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in New York. Hundreds of thousands of people in Times Square are expected to watch the ball drop down the flagpole, center, at midnight Thursday to welcome in the New Year. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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