For many years, the Seattle man had been expressing his support for the Islamic State group, according to the 2021 criminal complaint. During his high school years, his own mother and people at his school told the FBI about their concerns over Williams’ vocal support of ISIS and his later desire to go overseas to fight with the terrorist group. According to the criminal complaint, in 2017, he “told others at the school that he wanted to join ISIS and claimed that the May 2017 ISIS attack at a music concert in Manchester, United Kingdom, during which numerous people were killed and injured, was justified because the performer dressed provocatively.” The criminal complaint said Williams eventually left California, where he is from, and moved to Seattle. Members of a local mosque there took care of him and attempted to turn him away from his radical views, according to the criminal complaint. “The mosque members made clear to Williams that he would be required to abandon ISIS if wanted to accept the mosque’s help,” the complaint said. But even after those efforts, “a concerned citizen approached the FBI on behalf of a Seattle area mosque” in November 2020 after seeing “Williams using the phone to view ISIS videos and engage in online chats with like-minded radical individuals,” the complaint continued. Williams posted a Facebook video in 2020 in which he promised loyalty to the ISIS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi, the criminal complaint said. [firefly_poll] The FBI was monitoring Williams for years, but U.S. Attorney Nick Brown said that despite family, friends and others telling him not to join the Islamic State group, he remained determined. “Mr. Williams persisted in his plans to join a terrorist organization and commit acts of violence, despite intervention from his family, his school, members of his mosque, and from the FBI. Indeed, he repeatedly stated his intention to commit an act of terror here at home if he could not travel overseas,” Brown said in a statement in Tuesday’s news release. Williams was determined enough to join the terrorist group that he booked airfare to Egypt in May 2021. That was when he was arrested at the airport gate in Seattle, the release said. “The plea agreement contains statements Williams made about his intentions: that he sought martyrdom, had ‘no problem with killing,’ and hoped to be involved in beheading others,” the March 14 news release announcing his guilty plea said. “Mr. Williams proved by his actions he was willing to join the Islamic State in hopes of furthering their ideology through violence. He took concrete steps to fund his activities, procure equipment, and travel to the Middle East,” Richard Collodi, who is in charge of the FBI’s Seattle location, said in a statement Tuesday. “I am grateful for how law enforcement was able to step in and stop him before he actually was able to achieve his goal,” Collodi said. Brown warned that the Seattle man is still dangerous. “Mr. Williams continues to pose a risk to the community,” he said Tuesday, according to the news release. “It will be critically important that he be closely supervised after he is released from prison.” This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Elvin Hunter Bgorn Williams was arrested at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport as he checked in for a flight to Cairo and later pleaded guilty to one count of providing support to a foreign terrorist organization.https://t.co/hy4hiCxZbv— KOMO News (@komonews) November 30, 2022