US charges man for New Years Eve attack plot

US charges man for plotting attack on New Years Eve in upstate New York

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

New York Police Department officers set up barriers to prevent entry to a pen where revelers will wait for the beginning of New Year's Eve festivities in the Times Square area of New York December 31, 2015

Updated Jan 1, 2016

A US man has been charged with plotting to attack New Years Eve revelers in upstate New York, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

Emanuel L. Lutchman, 25, was charged with attempting to provide DAESH with material support.

He plotted to attack a restaurant/bar in Rochester, New York, today “in furtherance of his plan to join ISIL [DAESH] overseas”, according to the Justice Department.

Lutchman was allegedly acting on behalf of an overseas DAESH member, according to court records.

“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,” said US Attorney William J. Hochul Jr.

Lutchman appeared before a US magistrate in the western district of New York on Thursday morning.

If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.