By Kevin Deutsch
A longtime Bronx resident was arrested Thursday after he allegedly discussed joining ISIS and attacking U.S. targets in retaliation for the recent killings at a New Zealand mosque, authorities said.
Fabjan Alameti, 21, who records show spent years in the Bronx before traveling to Montana last month, was charged Thursday with making false statements regarding domestic and international terrorism, as well as gun and drug possession, officials said.
He’d initially been interviewed by the FBI at his home in the Bronx in May 2018, court records show.
Alameti was taken into custody inside a Montana gun range, where he’d just rented an M1A rifle for target practice, authorities said.
Before his arrest, Alameti allegedly spoke with a federal informant about joining ISIS and fighting alongside them in Syria and Iraq, in addition to discussing a possible attack on a U.S. military recruitment center, military facility, government building, Jewish synagogue, or “gay club,” the FBI said in court filings.
Later, Alametti said he would not carry out attack in the U.S. because the government had granted him citizenship, records show. Alametti was born in Albania, officials said.