This ‘homegrown’ jihadi didn’t get to carry out the attack — thanks, in part, to an app.
The alleged terror threat was posted to the app ‘Whisper’ on Sunday, February 19.
Garret Grimsley, a 27-year old man from Cary, North Carolina posted, ‘Salam, some of you are alright, don’t go to Cary tomorrow.’
Federal agents went to his home and found an AK-47, 4 30-round magazines, and 340 rounds of ammunition.
John Stuart Bruce, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announced the arrest Tuesday, but the man was actually arrested Sunday, the same day the post was made.
Garrett Grimsley used the app Whisper to make post Sunday, stating, “Salam, some of you are alright, don’t go to Cary tomorrow,” according to an affidavit filed by a Cary police officer in support of the federal criminal complaint against Grimsley.
The post had a picture of a man with camouflage pants and holding a red flag with a black star in the middle, according to the affidavit…
…Grimsley was home when authorities raided his home and refused to answer their questions, according to the affidavit.
Officers who entered the home found a notification on Grimsley’s computer that it was 63 percent of the way through encrypting the hard drive, according to the affidavit.
The computer screen also had visible Facebook conversations between Grimsley and a user going by the name Tim Tam, which included a screenshot of Grimsley’s Whisper messages.
Tim Tam stated ‘we’re going to be on CNN tomorrow,” in one of the messages, according to the affidavit.
In another, according to the statement, “Grimsely” wrote, “holy (expletive) I’m actually going to get raided.”…
…A search of Grimsley’s apartment turned up an AK-47 with a collapsible stock, four 30-round magazines and about 340 rounds of ammunition, according to the affidavit…
…Grimsely is charged with transmitting a threat in interstate commerce to injure the person of another, according to the prosecutor’s office. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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