New terrorism evidence emerging against man arrested at Metro Airport

Posted at 6:49 PM, Oct 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-27 11:38:45-04

We are learning more about a 28-year-old Metro Detroit man arrested in August on an original charge of owning guns with the serial numbers filed off. 

Now Federal Court documents alledge Yousef Ramadan was watching ISIS  videos, posted his own videos on YouTube shooting an assault rifle and a handgun he did not disclose he owned to the feds.

Ramadan was arrested while boarding a plane with his wife and four young children at Metro Airport when a scan of his checked luggage showed he was carrying tactical equipment and body armor.  The feds also found several cell phones, laptop computers and external drives. 

Court appointed defense attorneys are asking a judge to toss out much of the evidence because it was obtained without a search warrant.

In court documents, Ramadan allegedly told federal agents he could make a pipe bomb in an hour, but then recanted saying he could, if he had the components. 

He also said if he were gong to do an attack it would be easier in the U. S. rather than overseas. 

He was living with his sister, his wife and kids in a home in an upscale neighborhood in Ypsilanti before his arrest.  Neighbors had no idea about him. 

Uzma Jaffer lives next door and told 7 Investigator Jim Kiertzner, “One or two times my kids play with them. But that’s about it.  But I’ve never met any of the adults in the family.” 

Another neighbor who only wanted to give his first name, Mike said, “So hard to believe that much danger is living across the street from you, that much ill intent.”

Ramadan remains in federal custody and is only facing the gun charge and 5 years in prison. 

Terrorism charges could be issued once a judge decides on what evidence will be admissible in the case.