Federal Judge Orders Germantown Man Accused of Terror Plot Detained
A Germantown man, who federal prosecutors say was planning an ISIS-inspired vehicle terror attack in National Harbor, was order detained by a federal judge in United States District Court.
US Magistrate Judge Thomas DiGirolamo agreed with federal prosecutors that Rondell Henry, 28, of Germantown, should be held in custody at a detention hearing in Maryland as he awaits trial on charges of vehicle theft. The detention will allow investigators to build a case that Henry was plotting to carry out a mass-casualty attack in a tourist area by using a stole van as a deadly weapon.
Assistant US Attorney Thomas Windom asked Judge DiGirolamo to detain Henry based on Henry’s own admission that he was planning to “going to keep driving and driving and driving” into crowds of pedestrians in the National Harbor area of Prince Georges County. Windom argued that releasing Henry would pose a danger to the community.
Judge DiGirolamo rejected the public defender’s assertion that because Henry does not have any previous criminal history and the only charge against him is vehicle theft, he should be allowed to be kept on house arrest in the custody of his family with 24 hour monitoring.
Through the course of the investigation, according the United States Attorney’s Motion For Detention Pending Trial, law enforcement officers learned that Henry has harbored “hatred” for “disbelievers” who do not practice the Muslim faith. The motion went on to describe that Henry has been seeking out and watching videos of foreign terrorists beheading