Breaking News

Police Arrest Man Wanting to Bomb Cleveland Fourth of July Celebration
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

Demetrius Pitts. Photo courtesy of Cleveland.com.

Summary: An American citizen was arrested for planning a terrorist attack in Cleveland. 

An Ohio man was arrested on Sunday for planning a terrorist act that would have occurred on the Fourth of July. Authorities said that the man wanted to express his desire to join al Qaeda by bombing a holiday celebration in downtown Cleveland.

  
What
Where


“Just last week, this defendant was walking around downtown Cleveland conducting reconnaissance on what he believed was a large-scale attack,” U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio Justin Herdman said. “He looked for a place to park a van full of explosives.”

Cleveland.com reported that the man, Demetrius N. Pitts, 48, plotted to set off a bomb at the fireworks celebration in downtown Cleveland. Authorities said that he wanted to “strike at the values at the very core of our nation.”

Pitts said that he wanted to join the terrorist group and kill US citizens, and he revealed this to an undercover FBI agent. Pitts is a U.S. citizen from Philadelphia, but he became radicalized and changed his name to two aliases, Abdur Raheem Rafeeq and Salah ad-Deem Osama Waleed.

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!




Pitts has been charged with one count of attempting to provide material support to al Qaeda, and he was arrested on Sunday afternoon. He faces 20 years in federal prison if convicted.

Pitts has expressed his hatred for the US between 2015 and 2017. In 2018, an undercover FBI agent introduced himself to Pitts under the guise of being an al Qaeda “brother.” Pitts revealed his plans to bomb Cleveland to the agent, and the FBI said that they had Pitts’ cell phone, which contained two videos in which he pledged his allegiance to al Qaeda.



FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen Anthony said that it was unclear if Pitts had access to a bomb or knew how to make one, but Anthony said Pitts was intent on an attack.

“Law enforcement cannot sit back and wait for Mr. Pitts to commit a violent attack,” Anthony said. “We don’t have the luxury of hoping an individual decides not to harm someone or get others to act, especially when his continued, repeated intentions were to do exactly that.”

If Pitts had gone through with his plan, he would have attacked Voinovich Park on Wednesday, authorities said. The location was near the U.S. Coast Guard station and the Anthony J. Celebrezze Federal Building.

What do you think of the FBI’s arrest of Demetrius N. Pitts? Let us know in the comments below.



 

Interesting Legal Sites You May Like


BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

Mid-Level Commercial Business Litigator

USA-CA-Los Angeles

Los Angeles office is seeking a commercial business litigation attorney with 2-5 years of experience...

Apply Now

Senior Level Litigator

USA-CA-Woodland Hills

Woodland Hills office is seeking a litigation attorney with 5-7 years of experience and a background...

Apply Now

Litigation Associate Attorney

USA-CT-Stamford

Stamford office of our client seeks litigation associate attorney with 3+ years of experience. The c...

Apply Now

Experienced Estate Planning Attorney

USA-CA-Torrance

Torrance office is seeking an estate planning attorney with 7-10 years of experience.

Apply Now

RELEVANT JOBS

Associate Attorney

USA-CA-Sacramento

A civil plaintiff’s law firm is hiring for an associate attorney, preferably with strong resea...

Apply now

Associate Attorney

USA-TX-Sugar Land

Insurance Defense firm seeks an Associate Attorney with a MINIMUM of 3-5 years\' experience in litig...

Apply now

Associate Attorney

USA-TX-San Antonio

One of Texas\'s largest Personal Injury Law firm seeks a highly motivated associate attorney with 3-...

Apply now

Associate Attorney

USA-TX-Dallas

One of Texas\'s largest Personal Injury Law firm seeks a highly motivated associate attorney with 3-...

Apply now

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top