A man accused of trying to join militant Islamic extremists in Syria was removed from his home on Long Island last week after he tried to cut off his own tattoos with a knife and threatened to behead his mother, prosecutors said Monday.
The allegation was included in documents prosecutors submitted to a federal judge Monday opposing bail for 26-year-old Elvis Redzepagic.
The Department of Justice said Redzepagic, who lives in Commack with his parents, traveled to the Middle East twice in the past two years to attempt to join a foreign terrorist organization. Specifically, in 2015 Redzepagic allegedly communicated with an individual he believed to be the commander of a battalion in Syria and made attempts to join him to engage in jihad.
In October 2015, Redzepagic allegedly made several inflammatory posts to social media, explaining that “jihad” is when you “fight for the sake of God” and “die for the sake of Allah,” adding that he traveled to Turkey to “perform Jihad and join Jabhat Al-Nusra.” In subsequent interviews with law enforcement officials, he allegedly admitted that he was prepared to strap a bomb to himself when he attempted to enter Syria from Turkey.
Long Island STAND UP. I have to support anyone from the homeland whether I agree with them or not. Suffolk County is vicious. Definitely separates the boys from the men. Elvis Redzepagic from Commack just starting hanging out with the wrong crowd. Can’t get toooo mad at him for this small mistake.
Again, I totally ride with everyone from Long Island buuut I can’t support to whole threatening to behead your mother thing. Not a great look for the 631. I swear we’re not all like that here. Most people here don’t write long Facebook posts defending Jihads and calling up ISIS headquarters.
Always good to see Long Island in the news regardless of potential beheadings or whatever. I’m feeling proud today.
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