A California man who spoke of wanting to bomb the Los Angeles subway system was arrested near the Canadian border in Washington state and charged with attempting to travel to Syria to fight alongside Islamic extremists, federal prosecutors said Monday.
Nicholas Teausant, 20, of Acampo, Calif., was taken off a northbound Amtrak bus overnight just short of the border.
A complaint filed in federal court in Sacramento described him as a student at San Joaquin Delta Community College in Stockton and a member of the National Guard who is being discharged for failing to meet basic academic requirements.
Beginning last spring, Teausant began expressing online his desire to see America’s downfall. Later, he took to another forum to say he hoped to fight in Syria, the document states.
He was charged with a single count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and was due to appear in U.S. District Court in Seattle.
The maximum penalty for attempting to provide support to a foreign terrorist organization is 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.