20-year-old Californian, Muslim convert, wanted to bomb LA Metro

20-year-old Californian, Muslim convert, wanted to bomb LA Metro

A 20-year-old Central California college student who allegedly wanted to bomb the Los Angeles Metro system was arrested at the Canadian border with plans to join an al-Qaida affiliate, the Department of Justice announced Monday.

Nicholas Michael Teausant, an inactive National Guardsman and Muslim convert, was taken into custody in Blaine, Wash., according to a news release from the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California.
He allegedly planned to travel from Canada to Syria to join al-Qaida in Iraq, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, according to court documents.

A student at San Joaquin Delta Community College, Teausant enrolled as a member of the U.S. Army National Guard in April 2012, but he “did not meet the qualifications to continue,” according to an affidavit filed Monday by FBI special agent Justin L. Jacobs.

He was an unassigned trainee with the Guard and had not yet been official released, Jacobs wrote.

In October 2013, he first began talking to an FBI informant in Stockton who purported to be a Muslim convert like Teausant, according to the affidavit.

Teausant told the informant he wanted to move to Syria to fight, later saying “his goal was maximum fear and a maximum blow to the U.S. government so he could watch it tumble and fall in the wake of a civil war,” the affidavit stated.

Teausant allegedly said he would kill his mother if she got in the way of his plans, and that he wanted to bomb his infant daughter’s day care center because he considered it a “Zionist reform church.”

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