A National Guard reservist from California was arrested at the Washington-Canada border in connection with a series of terror plots. He was attempting to leave the country to join and aid terror groups in Syria. The 20-year-old college student and National Guardsmen made his first appearance in court Monday afternoon.
A National Guard reservist has been arrested at the Canadian border in Washington for allegedly trying to aid al-Qaida in a plot to attack a Southland subway.
Nicholas Teausant, 20, of Acampo, Calif., was charged Monday with attempting to provide material to support a foregoing terrorist organization, the U.S. District Attorney’s Office said. He made his first appearance in a federal courtroom in Seattle Monday afternoon.
Teausant was arrested at the Canadian border “with the intent of continuing to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a foreign terrorist organization more widely known as al-Qaida in Iraq,” officials said.
He allegedly began planning the attack late last spring with the intent of carrying it out with the use of an unknown type of explosive on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, a criminal complaint said. He allegedly posted numerous other ideas online for terrorist activities, saying he wanted to see the United States’ downfall. He also said he wanted to join the fight in Syria with known terrorist organizations there.
Teaussant allegedly told an FBI informant online that the New Year’s subway bombing had been canceled because they had been “tipped off.”
The informant put the alleged would-be terrorist in contact with a mentor, who was actually an undercover federal agent. That undercover mentor gave Teaussant the green light to travel to Syria. Teaussant boarded an Amtrak train bound for Seattle Sunday night and then got on a bus. When the bus was about to cross the border into Canada federal agents stopped it, questioned Teaussant and arrested him.