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August 19, 2019

Man who allegedly plotted terrorist attack against July 4 celebration in Cleveland also charged with threatening president and his family, aiding al Qaeda

February 14, 2019
Demetrius Pitts was arrested in Cleveland parade bombing plot. (FBI)

A man who allegedly planned a terrorist attack in Cleveland last July has additionally been charged with attempting to provide material support to al Qaeda, making threats against the President and his family, and lying to law enforcement, federal officials announced Wednesday.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice Northern District of Ohio, Demetrius Nathaniel Pitts, who also goes by the names Abdur Raheem Rafeeq and Salah ad-Deen Osama Waleed, was indicted after he was picked up last July 1 for allegedly plotting to blow up a Fourth of July parade, targeting members of the military and their families. At the time, he was charged with attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization. Those charges were modified Wednesday to specify al Qaeda was the intended recipient.


“Pitts on June 15, 2018, did knowingly and willfully make a threat to kidnap and inflict bodily harm upon Donald J. Trump, specifically that he would ‘get’ the President by cutting off the President’s head and hands,” the Justice Department said in a statement. “Pitts on June 15, 2018 also knowingly and willfully made threats to kidnap and inflict bodily harm upon members of the President’s family, specifically that ‘…a better way to get, to get him is to kill his kids. Kill his daughter, son-in-law. Kill ’em all. He (the President) come out ’cause you start killing his kids, chop their heads off…you send his kids back,” the statement said, quoting the indictment.

The 49-year-old aspiring terrorist was busted by undercover agents he thought were accomplices.

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