Cole James Bridges, a 20-year-old US soldier from Stow, Ohio, was arrested in Georgia on terrorism charges, said Nicholas Biase, a spokesperson for Manhattan federal prosecutors.
Bridges, also known as Cole Gonzales, thought he was communicating with a terrorist organization called the Islamic State Group online about terrorism plots against the 9/11 Memorial and other targets in New York City when he was actually in communication with an undercover federal agent.
Biase said Bridges shared detailed instructions and advice on tactics of his plan and even went to the extent of providing manuals during the discussions.
Bridges was with the Third Infantry Division in Fort Stewart, Georgia and is due in court on Thursday.
American Domestic Terrorist Attacks Since 9/11
1. Trump Supporters Attack Congress (2021)Source:Getty 1 of 14
2. Las Vegas Shooter (2017)Source:Getty 2 of 14
3. Virginia Tech Shooting (2007)Source:Getty 3 of 14
4. Pittsburgh Police Shootings (2009)Source:Getty 4 of 14
5. Gabrielle Giffords Shooting (2011)Source:Getty 5 of 14
6. Aurora Movie Theatre Shooting (2012)Source:Getty 6 of 14
7. Wisconsin Sikh Temple Shooting (2012)Source:Getty 7 of 14
8. Blooming Grove Police Shooting (2014)Source:Getty 8 of 14
9. Overland Park Jewish Community Center Shooting (2014)Source:Getty 9 of 14
10. Las Vegas Police Ambush (2014)Source:Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via Getty Images 10 of 14
11. Umpqua Community College Shooting (2015)Source:Getty 11 of 14
12. Charleston Church Shooting (2015)Source:Getty 12 of 14
13. Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood Shooting (2015)Source:Getty 13 of 14
14. Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting (2012)Source:Getty 14 of 14
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