According to Reuters, the U.S. Justice Department said Monday it detained a Maryland man who allegedly plotted to drive a stolen U-haul into pedestrians on the sidewalks.
The man inspired by the Islamic State group plotted to ram a stolen U-Haul truck into as many pedestrians as possible at a popular convention and tourist destination just outside the nation’s capital, federal prosecutors said Monday.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland said it charged 28-year-old Rondell Henry with interstate commerce transportation of a stolen vehicle.
It also said the government petitioned a federal court to detain him pending trial due to his motives and perceived link to terrorism.
The police arrested him on March 28 according to AP, after officers who discovered the stolen truck saw him leap over a security fence.
Henry then made incriminating statements that show steps he took to maximize damage, prosecutors say.
“I was just going to keep driving and driving and driving. I wasn’t going to stop,” the document quotes Henry as telling law enforcement authorities who questioned him. He said he wanted to create “panic and chaos” similar to a deadly truck attack that killed scores of people in Nice, France in 2016, prosecutors say.