“After evaluating the situation, we started evacuating the train stations and also asked partygoers to stay away from big crowds outside”, Kraus added.
Obama was briefed on a possible terror threat targeting three major USA cities happening between Christmas and the New Year’s Eve holiday. Despite the police statement, thousands of people were on the streets of Munich at midnight to welcome the new year with fireworks.
Federal authorities describe a terror suspect in Rochester, New York as an ex-convict who tried to prove he was worthy of joining the Islamic State group.
Lutchman is facing charges of providing “material support” for terrorism, and faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Authorities say Lutchman is a convert to Islam who said he received direction from an overseas ISIS member and planned to carry out an attack at a bar-restaurant in Rochester yesterday, authorities wrote in court papers. He also discussed doing assassinations and using a pressure cooker bomb and in one of the meetings with the cooperating individual, Lutchman said he wanted to target a club or bar where they “sneak” a bomb, “kidnap a couple of people and kill them”.
At a press conference on New Year’s Eve, the mayor of Rochester Lovely Warren thanked the Federal Bureau of Investigation for working with local authorities to keep citizens safe.
“According to the (criminal complaint) as part of Emanuel Lutchman’s attempt to provide material support to ISIL, he planned to kill innocent civilians on New Year’s Eve in the name of the terrorist organization”, said U.S. Assistant Attorney General John Carlin. But the Democrat & Chronicle reports it was the Merchants Grill, and quoted the owner of the establishment as saying that Lutchman often loitered outside his business.
Lutchman was scheduled to appear in state court January 11 on the domestic violence charges.
Beverley Carridice, Lutchman’s grandmother, told NBC News he had suffered from psychological problems since boyhood and had recently attempted suicide by stabbing himself in the stomach. It said he had been in contact this month with a person claiming to be a member of the Islamic State militant group in Syria.
The FBI said the confidential source has been paid for cooperation on another case, and has a felony and misdemeanor on his criminal record.
Lutchman was arrested on Wednesday after recording a video on his mobile phone pledging fealty to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo told Time Warner Cable News that officials believe Lutchman became a Muslim while serving his sentence at Wyoming Correctional Facility in western NY.