A New York man who expressed support online for the Islamic State is accused of plotting to kill police officers and threatening to kill a mayor on the street where the city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade was scheduled to take place, federal prosecutors said Friday.
Ridon Kola, 32, was arrested and charged with making threatening interstate communications, the Department of Justice said.
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“As expected, Ridon Kola posted threats on social media against law enforcement, expressing his support for ISIS and his intention to kill numerous police officers. After questioning by law enforcement, Kola’s behavior escalated as he continued to assure police that his threats had come true,” Damian said. US Attorney Williams in a statement.
Ridon Kola, 32, of Yonkers, New York, is charged with planning to kill police officers and threatening to kill a mayor on the street where the St. Patrick’s Day parade will be held this weekend. (Department of Justice)
Over the course of several months, Kola has made several posts in support of threats against the terrorist group and the Yonkers Police Department in connection with Saturday’s downtown parade.
On March 9, Kola sent a message directly to the police department, saying, “The first people to be crucified will be the Yonkers rats Vallahi. Allahu Ekberr”; and “I’m going to crucify Yonker cops and their bosses all over McLean ave. It’s going to be a scary scene… Allahu Ekberr.”
McLean Avenue is part of the Yonkers St. Patrick’s Day Parade route, where police will be deployed.
In another post days later, he took a picture of himself with an axe, authorities said.
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“Let’s go Judas, I’m waiting for you”, it said on the foot in Albanian.
Kola was expected to appear in federal court on Friday.