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A California man held in connection with a bomb attack on christmas day, allegedly planned to “funnel people into an area to shoot them.”
So says a complaint filed Thursday against Everitt Aaron Jameson, 26, a Modesto tow-truck driver who was arrested Dec. 22, in the first instance on the charges of attempting to help the Islamic State group, or ISIS.
The ruling of a U.S. district Court grand jury in Fresno replaces a criminal complaint against Jameson and claims that he intended to use pipe bombs as part of a planned attack on Pier 39, a popular tourist area in San Francisco.
He allegedly told an undercover agent that Christmas would be “”the perfect day for the perpetration of the attack” and that he “did not need an escape plan, because he was ready to die.” https://t.co/1euSRREcXc
— Fresno Bee (@FresnoBee) January 5, 2018
The FBI Jameson arrested after he allegedly discussed his plans with the undercover agents, including one he thought was associated with ISIS, authorities said.
Jameson asked for “remote timing devices of the person he was supposed to be working for ISIS,” San Luis Obispo Tribune reported, citing court documents.
He told an undercover agent that Christmas Day would be “the perfect day for the perpetration of the attack” and that he “did not need an escape plan, because he was ready to die”, the newspaper reported, citing an FBI statement.
Assistant federal defender Charles Lee said that he had not consulted the evidence and that his office would investigate the possibility of an entrapment defense. He said that the federal levies were only built on statements that Jameson posted on his Facebook page.
Lee said that the FBI did not find a bomb-making materials when they go to Jameson’s house, and that two rifles and a gun legally owned by a family member and were locked in a gun case, where Jameson couldn’t access them.
Lee said that Jameson told the FBI undercover agent: “I don’t think I can do this. I’ve reconsidered.”
The FBI says Jameson was inspired by an Oct. 31 attack on a bike path in New York City and by 2015 attack in San Bernardino, California, the Fresno Bee reported.
Jameson is up for a hearing on Friday and could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted, according to the report.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.