New York City teen arraigned, held without bail for allegedly plotting ISIS-inspired attack

first_imgiStock(NEW YORK) — A New York City teen was arraigned and ordered held without bail on Friday after he was arrested for allegedly planning to conduct a possible terrorist knife or bomb attack nearby his home.Awais Chudhary was charged by prosecutors in Brooklyn Federal Court as part of a national security investigation into a possible ISIS-inspired attack using a “special FBI knife,” officials said.Chudhary, 19 of East Elmhurst, New York, allegedly exchanged texts with undercover investigators during a five-day period about what authorities describe as an interest in conducting a possible ISIS-inspired attacks at locations within a block of his house.Prosecutors charged in the criminal complaint that Chudhary pledged allegiance to ISIS and listed targets such as “the pedestrian bridges over the Grand Central Parkway to the Flushing Bay Promenade … and the New York World’s Fair marina” in order to target “multiple vehicles.”Chudhary also wanted “to record his attack in order to inspire others to perform similar attacks,” according to the criminal complaint.In a statement issued on Thursday, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York said, “There is no current public safety issue as a result of the arrest.”Chudhary’s alleged planned means of escape after the attack was on a scooter.The alleged knife attacker’s attorney Samuel Jacobson said his client is “just a kid” and the allegations are a part of “a fantasy.”“The government screams out in the complaint that this is not a real plot…he was looking at Dunkin’ Donuts near his house, not Times Square,” said Jacobson.“This happened all within five days before the arrest. There’s no allegations of any communications with ISIS or its affiliates … Look at the facts of a case to a real plot, who contacted an ISIS affiliate, it’s totally different,” said Jacobson.Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan Algore said Chudhary was the one who suggested the attack. “He did surveillance of the areas, provided video of what he called ‘bucket bombs,’ he talked about avoiding detection in order to commit more (attacks),” said Algore to the judge during the bail hearing.Chudhury, who allegedly thought he was communicating with ISIS since Aug. 23, said he intended to do a knife attack because “that’s all he knows,” but if he was instructed on how to build a “bucket bomb” he would “consider a bombing attack as well,” according to the criminal complaint.Chudhary, who Jacobson said, wears braces and works part-time at a pharmacy to help his sick father, is charged with providing material or source material to a terrorist group. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison. His next court date is on Sept. 13 at 11 a.m.Magistrate Judge James Orenstein denied issuing any bail amount for Chudhary or to release him to the custody of his parents.“The defendant is a significant danger to the community…What is there to suggest this is a fantasy? Well, his age, but we can think of others who committed mayhem — Columbine, Newtown — all committed by young people. Was this a fantasy? I sure hope so,” said Judge Orenstein.The arrests were one of many recently connected to ISIS sympathizers.A federal grand jury returned an indictment against a man from Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, saying he was inspired by ISIS when he stole a U-Haul van on March 26 and drove it to Maryland with the intent of using it as a weapon to hit pedestrians on sidewalks at the National Harbor complex on the Potomac River.In mid-July, Ruslan Maratovich Asainov, a naturalized citizen from Kazakhstan living in Brooklyn, was charged with providing and attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, according to a criminal complaint unsealed in federal court.He had allegedly traveled to Syria first in 2013 and became a sniper and weapons instructor for ISIS.It was less than a week ago that two women from Queens — Noelle Velentzas, 31, and Asia Siddiqui, 35 — pleaded guilty to charges of attempting to build an explosive device after the ISIS sympathizers communicated with an undercover agent. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

The CUInsight Experience podcast: Deepthi Dommaraju – Listen, learn and lead (#55)

first_imgWelcome to episode 55 of The CUInsight Experience podcast with your host Randy Smith, co-founder of This episode is brought to you by our friends at CO-OP Financial Services. CO-OP is your trusted payments processing partner whose mission is to drive the credit union movement forward.In this episode, Randy is speaking with Deepthi Dommaraju. She is the Vice President of Data Analysis at Trellance, which offers data analytics solutions to help credit unions revolutionize the products and experience they provide to their members. They talk about data analytics, women in tech, and of all things what she has learned from restaurant ownership.They discuss her team, the inspiration for taking the position with Trellance, and how the inspiration has changed over the years. She believes that jumping to conclusions too quickly is a mistake that new leaders make and that you should always leave emotions out of business decisions. Deepthi speaks about her mentors, why she chooses to mentor today, and what she does to wind down. Can you say Bollywood dance. Listen in and hear from a woman that leads in the technology field. She is very knowledgeable in many industries and has a lot of wisdom to share. This is an episode that needs to be heard, and one you don’t want to miss. Enjoy!Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, StitcherBooks mentioned on The CUInsight Experience podcast: Book ListHow to find Deepthi:Deepthi Dommaraju, VP of Data Analysis at [email protected] | Blog Show notes from this episode:Shout-out: To our friends at CO-OP Financial Services, our first sponsor of The CUInsight Experience podcast.Check out everything going on at Trellance. They are doing some cool stuff to help credit unions.Shout-out: Shelly-Ann Wilson HenryShout-out: To our friends at CUNA and the NCUA for their work on DEI.Shout-out: Jill NowackiA great article from Trellance on data: Data Management Framework – 7 essential componentsAlso check out the Vendor Evaluation Services from Trellance here.Shout-out: Robbie and Stu YoungBook mentioned: Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff SutherlandShout-out: Mollie BellTrellance acquired OnApproach early in 2019. Read about it here.Shout-out: To our friends at ACCOSCA and George OmbadoBook mentioned: Start With Why by Simon SinekBook mentioned: Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis BradberryPrevious guests mentioned in this episode: Jill Nowacki (episodes 4, 18 & 37), Mollie Bell, George OmbadoYou can find all past episodes of The CUInsight Experience here. In This Episode:[01:30] – Deepthi welcome to the show![02:22] – She discusses the challenges she has seen for women in tech.[03:30] – Was it intentional for women to hold more tech positions in your company?[04:50] – What is your advice for women who want to lead a team as you do?[05:16] – Deepthi talks about credit unions and the strategies they follow when it comes to data.[06:17] – Trellance is helping show credit unions what to use the data they collect for.[06:48] – What are some ways credit unions can use this data?[08:12] – She believes that credit unions need to be prepared to change at a pace to keep up with everyone else.[08:49] – Do you see this as an opportunity for credit unions?[09:56] – Deepthi speaks about being a Scrum master and describes what that is.[12:15] – Randy asks about the restaurant she owned and what type it was.[13:13] – What will you be the proudest that your team has accomplished if we sit down and talk a year from now?[14:31] – Deepthi tells us what the inspiration for taking the VP of Portfolio Management with Trellance was.[16:14] – How has the inspiration changed over the years?[17:20] – Her leadership style is dependent on the situation she is in. She changes to what she is dealing with.[18:34] – I am not your boss –  is something her team hears her say all the time.[19:43] – How have you cultivated the ability to make tough decisions when you have to?[21:05] – Deepthi speaks about the common myths she has been told as a leader.[21:48] – Jumping to conclusions too quickly is what she sees leaders do today.[22:48] – Keep your emotions out of decisions is advice she was given that she keeps today.[23:30] – What is your stress buster? What do you do to relieve stress?[24:26] – She talks about having mentors in her career and how she tries to mentor now.[26:15] – What do you do to recharge when you have a day off?[26:47] – She discusses high school and what kind of student she was.[27:23] – She dreamed of being an FBI officer when she was young.[28:44] – Is there an APP that you must have to get by day to day?[29:27] – What is your favorite album of all time?[29:55] – What book have you gifted many times over the years?[30:28] – Work-life balance has become more important and small petty things have become less important.[31:21] – When she hears the word success her mom and dad are the first people that come to mind.[32:11] – What did your mom do when you were growing up?[32:36] – Deepthi gives her final thoughts. 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of he … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Thomas Muller extends Bayern deal until 2023

first_imgRelatedPosts Club’s server collapses over ticket demand for first Bundesliga game in 11 years Bayern Munich fans undergo Super Cup coronavirus tests Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Long-serving forward Thomas Müller has signed a two-year contract extension at Bayern Munich, keeping him at the club until June 2023. The 2014 World Cup winner has been at the Bavarian club since the age of 10 and has become a mainstay in the first-team since breaking through from the youth academy in 2009. Muller has made over 500 appearances for Bayern and has won eight Bundesliga titles, five German Cups and five German Super Cups in addition to the 2013 Champions League. The 30-year-old, who had been linked with a move away in recent seasons, told the club’s official website: “I’m sure that once we’re playing again, we’ll continue to be very successful. That spurs me on. “For me, the number one priority was to extend at FC Bayern – and the club felt the same way. “This club is not just any old employer for me. It’s my passion. I’m happy that I’ll be here for two extra years, and I’ll give everything on and off the pitch.”Tags: Bayern MunichBundesligaContract ExtensionGermanyThomas Mullerlast_img read more