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NY man charged with plotting ISIS attack on NYE

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Posted at 11:39 AM, Dec 31, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-31 11:45:02-05

A 25-year-old Rochester, N.Y. man was arrested for allegedly supporting ISIS over a planned attack on New Year's Eve.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Emanuel Lutchman, was charged with attempting to provide material to support the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

According to the complaint, Lutchman planned to kill innocent civilians on New Year's Eve in the name of ISIS.

Court records show Lutchman claimed to "receive direction from an overseas ISIL member, planned to commit an armed attack against civilians at a restaurant/bar located in the Rochester, New York, area today, New Year's Eve on behalf of ISIL and in furtherance of his plan to join ISIL overseas," Special Agent in Charge Adam Cohen said.

 “This New Year’s Eve prosecution underscores the threat of ISIL even in upstate New York but demonstrates our determination to immediately stop any who would cause harm in its name,” U.S. Attorney William Hochul said. “What began as an ISIL directive to harm the community ended with the arrest of this defendant and a message for any other individuals considering similar behavior - you will be caught, you will be prosecuted, and you will be punished.”

Cohen said the FBI thwarted the attack to kill civilians on New Year's Eve, and remains concerned about people using the Internet to communicate with ISIS.