Kevin Iman McCormick
Place of Birth: United States;
Kevin Iman McCormick was indicted in late October on charges of attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State, the Department of Justice said in a statement.
McCormick was arrested Oct. 21 and charged by federal criminal complaint, prosecutors said. A federal grand jury in New Haven returned an indictment on those charges Oct. 30, according to prosecutors.
In court documents and statements made in court, McCormick made it clear he was an Islamic State devotee who longed to travel and fight for the terrorist group.
“I gotta fight, bro, because those people, Abu Masa and ISIL, they fought for me, bro, I know it, I can feel it, in my heart,” he said, according to prosecutors. “So it’s my time to fight… It just is what it is, bro… it’s just my time to go, bro.”
When he was asked to elaborate on where he’d like to travel, he said, “I don’t know, bro – it’s gotta be like Syria.”
“Where ISIL is at … whichever place is easiest, whichever place I can get there the fastest, the quickest, the easiest, and where I can have a rifle and I can have some people, bro,” he added. “That’s what I need, I need a rifle and I need some people, I need Islamic law… that’s what I need, because if I have these things, it’s going to be very hard to kill me.”
McCormick has also made statements to people at mosques expressing his desire to fight for Islamic State and kill people, according to court documents obtained by the Hartford Courant.
One person who spoke to McCormick at a mosque told the FBI that he had cited religious doctrine to justify his desire to fight, but did so incorrectly, the Courant reported, citing the criminal complaint.
At another mosque, McCormick declared that “we should support the Islamic State” and “Jihad is the way to go,” the Courant reported.
He had also attempted to purchase a gun and knife at a store in Washington state – but acted strangely and told an employee the firearm was “not for an animal,” the paper reported. The store refused to sell him the gun, according to the report.
McCormick’s family told the FBI they believe he suffers from mental health issues, according to the Courant.
Back on Oct. 12, McCormick was stopped by Homeland Security when he attempted to board a flight from Connecticut to Jamaica. From Jamaica, he had intended to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State, and indicated that he wanted to acquire weapons, prosecutors said.
Six days later, he allegedly made a video pledging allegiance to the Islamic State and its slain leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was killed in a US special forces operation in Syria.
That same day, he purchased a plane ticket from Toronto, Canada, to Amman, Jordan. Authorities arrested him Oct. 21 after he traveled to a small private airport in Connecticut where he planned to board the flight to Canada, prosecutors said.
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