Elvin Hunter Bgorn Williams
Place of Birth: Seattle, United States;
Elvin Hunter Bgorn Williams is a Seattle man who was arrested on criminal charges related to his alleged efforts to join the Islamic State terrorist group.
He was arrested as he prepared to board an international flight following a lengthy investigation into his efforts to join the Islamic State.
Williams was determined to support the Islamic State either by traveling overseas to join and fight with the terrorist organization, or by conducting an attack here in the United States.
This individual self-radicalized, pledged loyalty to the Islamic State, and became consumed with activities to join the cause overseas.
In November 2020, a member of a Seattle-area mosque contacted the FBI with concerns about Williams.
The mosque had attempted to provide support and guidance to Williams, but members became aware he was deeply involved in Islamic State propaganda.
Williams was using mosque-provided electronic devices to engage in online chats with Islamic State radicals and to view Islamic State propaganda videos of beheadings and other acts of violence.
In November 2020, Williams allegedly swore an oath of allegiance to Islamic State.
Using confidential sources close to Williams, the FBI monitored his activity and became aware of his efforts to travel to the Middle East and join the Islamic State.
Williams expressed to his associates that if he could not travel overseas, he would commit an attack in the United States on behalf of the Islamic State.
Then he began communicating with those he believed were Islamic State recruiters who could get him to an Islamic State terror cell in the Middle East or other parts of the world.
In early May 2021, Williams booked airline travel from Seattle to Amsterdam and on to Egypt to join the Islamic State.
On Friday May 28, 2021, he went to Sea-Tac Airport to catch the first leg of his international flight. Williams was arrested at the departure gate. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison.
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