Queens man who wanted to attack Times Square pleads guilty to receiving gun with canceled serial number | USAO-EDNY
Ashiqul Alam today pleaded guilty to knowingly receiving a firearm with an erased serial number in Brooklyn, New York. The proceedings took place before the American magistrate, Robert M. Levy. Once convicted, Alam faces 60 months in jail under the terms of his plea agreement with the government. As part of his plea deal, Alam, a citizen of Bangladesh, agreed to enter a deportation order for him to be deported after serving his sentence.
Breon Peace, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York; Michael J. Driscoll, deputy director in charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI); and Dermot F. Shea, commissioner of the New York City Police Department (NYPD), announced the guilty plea.
“With today’s guilty plea, Alam admitted to buying a gun for a mass attack in Times Square,” US Attorney Peace said. “Protecting our national security and the people of this city, state and nation from the threat of terrorist attacks at home or abroad continues to be one of the highest priorities of this Office and its members. law enforcement partners. “
As noted in court documents, between August 2018 and June 2019, Alam repeatedly expressed a desire to purchase firearms for a mass attack. Alam has identified two targets, either Times Square or Washington, DC, to kill a senior government official. In January 2019, Alam made several reconnaissance trips to Times Square, using his cell phone to videotape the area as he searched for potential targets.
Alam researched firearms on the Internet and discussed the purchase of firearms with an undercover law enforcement officer (“UC-1”). In March 2019, Alam told UC-1 that he would be interested in purchasing a Glock 9mm pistol. UC-1 introduced Alam to an “associate,” who offered to help Alam obtain two illegal Glock G19 pistols. In April 2019, Alam underwent Lasik eye surgery, a procedure whose value he explained: “Let’s say we’re in a stroke, okay, let’s say my glasses come off. What if I accidentally shoot you? You know what I mean. Imagine what the news channel would call me “Looney Tunes Terrorist” or “Blind Terrorist”.
In May 2019, Alam was informed by “UC-1” that the guns he wanted to buy would have erased the serial numbers, and he replied “Oh, that’s good man.” On June 6, 2019, Alam met the person he claimed was going to sell him guns and was shown two Glock 19 semi-automatic pistols with erased serial numbers. Alam provided $ 400 towards the purchase of both pistols and asked if the Glock 19 pistol he just purchased was compatible with a silencer. Alam was arrested soon after.
The government’s case is handled by the National Security and Cybercrime Section of the Office. US Deputy Prosecutors David K. Kessler and Jonathan E. Algor prosecute, with the assistance of trial lawyer Stephanie Sweeten of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.
Queens, New York
EDNY file n ° 19-CR-0280 (LDH)