Authorities traced a recent convert to Islam to a plot to commit a suicide bombing in Manhattan.
Gregory Lepsky, 20, of Point Pleasant, New Jersey, was investigated by authorities after he tried to stab his family’s dog to death. Both Lepsky – who now goes by the name of Allah Abdel Rochman –and the dog were wounded. While paramedics treated him, he told them he was planning to kill his mother.
The dog was found alive after being stabbed with a 12- inch blade.
The plan included killing his mother, killing the family dog (since he considered it was “dirty” according to Islam) and detonating a pressure-cooker bomb in a crowded area of New York City.
A digital trail led police to finding his connection to ISIS.
“I linked up with some guy I met on a chat website and he wants me to become Muslim and join ISIS,” Lepsky said in a social media post. “I really wanna go join ISIS.”
Other posts state he wanted to fight for ISIS and deliver “a bunch of explosives” to the “enemies.”
“I converted to Islam recently and decided im going to Syria to help my brothers fight the kuffar,” he wrote “if u are a Muslim u should come inshaAllah … Allah will guide you … please listen to me and fight the kuffar. Defend the honor of Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him.”
He also posted pictures of himself holding firearms and dressed in military fatigues, posed in front of an ISIS flag. His phone had as its background the black ISIS flag.
A search by law enforcement showed Lepsky was in possession of a pressure cooker as well as al-Qaeda’s Inspire magazine, which outlined step-by-step procedures on how to build a pressure cooker bomb much like those used by the Boston Marathon bombers.
In another post, he claimed his parents were Muslims from Chechnya but stopped being religious when they came to America. “But I want to be different,” he reportedly wrote. “I want to be religious and grow up and be a martyr.”
Lepsky faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.