Secrecy Shrouds Weekend Arrest in Michigan

(Illustrative photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
(Illustrative photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

In a case shrouded in secrecy, the FBI blocked a Michigan man from flying to the Middle East. Yousef Mohammad Ramadan, 28, was arrested after the bureau’s counterterrorism unit found a weapons arsenal in a storage unit with which he was connected, The Detroit News reported.

Ramadan, from Ypsilanti, was initially charged with knowingly possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number, a five-year felony, in an unusual weekend arraignment which took place when the court was closed to the public.

There is wide speculation that Ramadan, who worked as a security guard, was planning a terror attack or travelling to commit a terror attack. He was stopped with his wife and children from boarding a Royal Jordan Airlines flight to Amman, Jordan.

The Detroit News notes the prosecutor overseeing the case is Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Tukel, head of the U.S. Attorney’s office’s national security unit, who successfully prosecuted underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.  The lead investigator is FBI Special Agent Ryan Schanberger, a member of an elite counterterrorism team which investigated Detroit terror suspect Sebastian Gregerson, who will be sentenced to prison this week.