Virginia man accused of obstructing terrorism investigation

STERLING, Va. – Federal authorities say they have arrested a Virginia man and charged him with trying to obstruct a terrorism investigation.

The Washington Post reports that according to data filed in federal court, Sean Andrew Duncan, of Sterling, Virginia, is in possession of a phone that revealed research into materials related to the Islamic State, terrorist attacks, weapons, surveillance tactics, and body armor.

Duncan was Friday arrested on charges that he allegedly destroyed a usb flash drive that authorities say may have contained evidence of criminal activity.

Federal investigators first became aware of Duncan’s activities in February 2016 after a family member reported to the FBI that he had converted to Islam and had become radicalized.

It was not immediately known if Duncan has an attorney.

Sterling is 35 miles (56 kilometers) to the northwest of Alexandria.

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