20-year-old Nicholas Teausant was arrested in Blaine, Washington, and was charged with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.
According to a press release issued by the DOJ, Teausant traveled to the Canadian border with the intent of continuing on to Syria to join the terrorist organization known as al Qaeda in Iraq.
Teausant goes by a second Arabic name on Facebook, Ased Abdur-Raheem.
Teausant is a student at a local community college in Stockton, California according to the criminal complaint filed by the FBI.
He is also a member of the U.S. Army National guard, but he is currently in the process of being released from the Guard.
Teausant reportedly used Instargram and other social media sites to connect with Islamic extremists.
He expressed his desire to conduct violent jihad and “to be a part of America’s downfall.”
According to CNN, in one communication, Teausant detailed his ideas to bomb several public places in the United States, including the day care his infant daughter attends, calling it a “Zionist reform church.”
Teausant’s communications with extremists and undercover FBI agents continued online and in person for about six months, ending in his arrest on Monday.
If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine