New Year’s Eve terror plot suspect: ‘First he was a Blood, then he was a Crip, then he became a Muslim’

January 2, 2016 5:20 pm

 

Emanuel Lutchman, 25, was arrested for planning an attack on New Year’s Eve. Photo / Supplied

An ex-convict arrested over a plot to carry out an attack at a
bar on New Year’s Eve is a panhandler who’d been asked to leave the
tavern in the past, its owner said, while the man’s family said he had a
long history of mental problems.
Federal authorities have said
Emanuel Lutchman, 25, sought to prove he was worthy of joining the
Islamic State group by leading an attack in Rochester with a machete and
knives provided by an FBI informant.
After authorities announced
his arrest Thursday, his father and mother described a man who’d had
psychiatric troubles since childhood, had recently stabbed himself in a
suicide attempt and, they said, wouldn’t have conducted the attack on
his own.
“The boy is impressionable,” his father, Omar Lutchman,
told NBC . “First he was a Blood, then he was a Crip, then he became
a Muslim.

He’s easily manipulated.”
The father and the
suspect’s grandmother, Beverley Carridice, told the network that
Lutchman is married and has a 2-year-old son but had been having marital
problems.
Authorities said in court papers that Lutchman said he
received direction from an overseas Islamic State group member and
planned to carry out the attack Thursday.
“I will take a life, I don’t have a problem with that,” the court papers quoted Lutchman as saying.
Lutchman’s
lawyer, Steven Slawinski, declined to comment on the allegations.
Lutchman has been charged with attempting to provide material support to
terrorists.
While authorities didn’t identify the target, a
co-owner said it was Merchants Grill, a neighborhood sports pub. The
U.S. attorney’s office for western New York did not return a phone call
Friday seeking confirmation of that.
Lutchman lived nearby and
had repeatedly come into the bar asking for money, co-owner John Page
told local media. He told WEHC-TV that Lutchman had been asked to leave
several times.
He “caused more trouble than positive,” Page told the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester.
Lutchman
was described in court papers as having a long criminal history,
including a 2006 robbery conviction that led to a five-year prison
sentence.
Lutchman’s former stepmother, Charma Lutchman, told the
Democrat and Chronicle that Lutchman spent part of his childhood living
with his grandparents in New York City. She said that while young, he
was struck by a car, an accident that transformed him from a
happy-go-lucky boy to a more withdrawn child.
“He wasn’t the same boy I knew after he got hit by a car,” she said. “He was different, more quiet.”
The
newspaper reports Lutchman spent four months in a Rochester jail in
2015 on misdemeanor charges of petit larceny and menacing his
girlfriend.
Lutchman was scheduled to appear in state court Jan.
11 on the domestic violence charges. It’s likely that date will be
postponed.

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