Montgomery County man inspired by IS planned truck attack at National Harbor
WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal prosecutors say a man inspired by the Islamic State group stole a U-Haul truck with plans to drive it into a crowd at National Harbor, a convention and tourist destination just outside the nation’s capital.
The allegation was made in a court filing Monday as prosecutors in Maryland urged a judge to keep the defendant, Rondell Henry, detained on a charge of driving a stolen vehicle across state lines.
Authorities say Henry admitted that he wanted to create “panic and chaos” and that his plans for a truck attack were modeled after a deadly attack in France.
Prosecutors say Henry told officers he was “just going to keep driving and driving and driving” and didn’t plan on stopping.