Man Arrested at Bush Airport Was on His Way to Jihad, Authorities Say
A man who reports say was born in Houston was arrested Tuesday by the Central Texas Joint Terrorism Task Force for providing material support to terrorists, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Michael Wolfe was allegedly using cross-fit to get into jihad shape.
Michael Todd Wolfe, known as Faruq, 23, and living in Austin, was arrested at George W. Bush Houston Intercontinental Airport. Wolfe, according to authorities, planned to travel to the Middle East to join radical groups fighting in Syria.
Rahatul Ashikim Khan, 23, who had a long list of a.k.a's Rahat Khan, AuthenticTauheed19, and AT19, was also arrested Tuesday, at his home in Round Rock. He's being charged in a conspiracy plot that ran from early 2011 to January 2012, to recruit people to support terrorist activities, including jihad, outside the U.S. Both men's criminal complaints were unsealed before a magistrate judge in Austin today.
Khan and Wolfe could get up to 15 years in prison and fined up to $250,000 if they're convicted. Their hearings are scheduled for Friday.
Austin's KXAN provided more details about Wolfe's case:
According to the federal criminal complaint, Wolfe told an undercover investigator that he was doing "Cross-Fit" to physically prepare for jihad.
Wolfe and the undercover agent began communicating in late 2013. Court documents detail their conversations as well as Wolfe's plans to fly his family from Texas to Denmark under the guise of attending a concert.