An 18-year-old Houston man has been arrested and charged with terrorism after authorities say he tried to join Isis in Syria and planned attacks on America.
F.B.I agents raided the home of Kaan Sercan Damlarkaya around 8:30 p.m. Monday and stayed about an hour. One neighbor named Edward Hood described Damlarkaya saying, "The boys are sharp, both of them are, he's the most laid-back one."
Hood says he saw no signs he was a troubled teen as court documents revealed him to be. Damlarkaya is accused of distributing explosive making instructions and trying to provide material to Isis.
Johnathan Scott, another neighbor, says he met the family after Hurricane Harvey. "When I came back the neighborhood was still flooded and I kinda rafted over and they was hanging out and I had a conversation with them," he said.
Scott continued saying, "It's kind of shocking to hear a teenage boy would want to harm other people like that, but it's a sign of the times."
The court documents say Damlarkaya even asked if he could provide a farewell video to be broadcast if he died after following through with an attack. Damlarkaya also gave the terror group instructions on how to build an AR-15 or AK-47 from readily available parts. He also provided Isis supporters with the formula to create the explosive Triacetone Triperoxide (TATP) as well as instructions on how to use it.
Damlarkaya was aware the authorities were on to him and is quoted in the court documents as saying, "if I buy a gun or supplies for a bomb, they (presumably law enforcement) will heat up pressure (j)ust like a few months ago when I was trying an operation but they found out."
The criminal complaint against Damlarkaya also says he attempted to get to Syria on two other occasions but failed. He is facing up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
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