Law enforcement officials have arrested a person accused of trying to help a foreign terrorist organization’s plan to attack downtown Cleveland, Ohio, on the Fourth of July, an FBI spokeswoman said on Monday.
Demtrius N. Pitts, 48, is charged with one count of attempting to provide material support to al Qaeda, a designated foreign terrorist organization, authorities said during a news conference.
Pitts is accused of planning to use explosives to blow up the upcoming parade in Ohio on Independence Day and said he wanted to target military families.
The suspect, who has an extensive criminal history including domestic violence, expressed a strong desire to join Al Qaeda. He was charged with attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization and is expected to appear before a magistrate later Monday. Officials say he is a U.S. citizen who was radicalized in the country. Disturbing Facebook posts indicated a desire to learn how to shoot guns and handle weapons.