(WLNS) – U.S. officials have arrested a man in connection with a plan to attack the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.
Christopher Lee Cornell (also known as Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah) from Ohio was arrested Wednesday by the FBI. He was arrested for the attempted killing of a U.S. government officer and for possession of a firearm in furtherance of attempted crime of violence.
Officials say the plot to attack the U.S. Capitol was ISIS-inspired and it included guns and bombs. The attack was stopped early in its formation by the FBI.
Cornell established and used Twitter accounts under his alias name, Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah, which started in the summer of 2014 to spread information about the planned attack.
He posted videos, statements and other content showing that he supports the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS.) That’s according to the complaint filed against him in Ohio.
Cornell allegedly told an FBI informant he wanted to commit violent jihad. The conversation happened via an instant messaging platform on August 29, 2014. Cornell told the informant, “I believe we should meet up and make our own group in alliance with the Islamic State here and plan operations ourselves.”
The FBI informant and Cornell met in Cincinnati, Ohio in October and November, court documents say. During the meeting in November Cornell said he considers members of Congress enemies. He also told the informant he wanted to attack the U.S. Capitol.
Officials say Cornell wanted to build, plant and detonate pipe bombs near the Capitol building. He would then use firearms to kill U.S. Capitol officials and employees. According to the complaint filed against Cornell conducted research to carry out the attack, which he shared with the informant.
Cornell and the informant were supposed to travel to Washington D.C. He purchased a semi-automatic rifle and about 600 rounds of ammunition to carry out his plan. Cornell was arrested and law enforcement confiscated the firearm.