You are reading

East Elmhurst Teen Planned ISIS-Inspired Attack at World’s Fair Marina

Sept. 3, 2019 By Allie Griffin

A 19-year-old from East Elmhurst planned an ISIS-inspired knife attack at several Queens locations including the World’s Fair Marina — going so far as to purchase a knife and camera mount to livestream the attack, according to the FBI. 

Awais Chudhary, a U.S. citizen born in Pakistan, was arrested and charged with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State in Brooklyn federal court Friday, where he was ordered held without bail. 

“There’s no doubt Chudhary allegedly wanted to make headlines by attacking innocent people going about their daily lives.  Thanks to the diligent work of the agents, analysts and detectives…the only thing to report today is his arrest, and the only photos Chudhary will be featured in are the ones taken in our prisoner processing room prior to his arrival in federal prison,” said FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William Sweeney on Friday. 

According to the criminal complaint, Chudhary exchanged a series of texts about planning a stabbing or bombing attack on behalf of ISIS with undercover law enforcement officers throughout August. He picked the pedestrian bridges over the Grand Central Parkway to the Flushing Bay Promenade and the World’s Fair Marina as locations for the attack.

“[Chudhary] had carefully planned, conducted reconnaissance, picked a target, and was in the process of obtaining the weapon. All he has left to do was to strike,” NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said. “The FBI agents and NYPD detectives of the JTTF should be commended for the disruption of this plot. Their work almost certainly saved lives.”

On Aug. 23, Chudhary asked an undercover agent if he could instruct him on how to build a bomb and later texted another agent a screenshot of an ISIS document with a diagram of where to stab a victim on their body, according to the complaint. He also told the agent he was considering throwing explosives from the pedestrian bridges into passing traffic below.

A few days later, Chudhary bought a tactical knife, a mask, gloves and a cellphone chest and head mount online and was arrested when he went to pick up the items from the online vendor’s retail store. Prosecutors said Chudhary intended to record his attack to inspire others to commit similar acts of violence.  

“As alleged, Awais Chudhary planned to kill innocent civilians on behalf of ISIS and record the bloodshed in the hope of inspiring others to commit attacks,” U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue said. “This Office, together with the FBI, the NYPD and all members of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force will continue working tirelessly to identify ISIS sympathizers like the defendant and prevent them from carrying out their murderous intentions.”

If convicted, Chudhary faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

email the author: [email protected]


Click for Comments 

Sure, while we’re at it, why not build a wall in Canada, the East Coast and West Coast. We can’t have Canadians, Europeans and Eastern Asians come in as well.

Why has Trump completely failed to deliver one of his central campaign promises

He’s a U.S. citizen, and apparently much smarter than you.

Wasn’t Mexico going to make a “one-time payment” for it?

Trump couldn’t even pay for it after shutting down the government to beg Democrats for money. He failed.

Why is he so soft on border security?

Sara Ross

The mass shootings that have been going on since 2016 were all done by Americans! The only wall I want to see is the one around the jail cells of everybody named Trump/Kushner.

Crackson Heights

Well considering you have a better chance of getting shot at by young white males maybe we should build a wall around them or do a white young male ban. Maybe build a wall around your house .


Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Cop injured by glass bottle thrown from 7 train station on Roosevelt Avenue: NYPD

An on-duty NYPD police officer was injured while standing on a foot post when he was struck by a glass bottle that was thrown from the 103rd Street-Corona Plaza, 7 train station above Roosevelt Avenue early Monday morning.

Police from the 110th Precinct in Elmhurst reported that the officer was in uniform standing in front of 103-28 Roosevelt Ave. just before 2 a.m., when a man threw the bottle from the Flushing-bound platform. It struck the officer’s head, causing a laceration and a concussion.

Op-ed: An urgent call for revising NY’s criminal justice reforms to protect public safety

Apr. 11, 2024 By Council Member Robert Holden

In 2019, the State Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo embarked on a controversial overhaul of New York’s criminal justice system by enacting several laws, including cashless bail and sweeping changes to discovery laws. Simultaneously, the New York City Council passed laws that compounded these challenges, notably the elimination of punitive segregation in city jails and qualified immunity for police officers. These actions have collectively undermined public safety and constrained law enforcement effectiveness.

City employee charged in fatal collision that killed a Middle Village woman in Elmhurst last month: NYPD

A truck driver for the city’s Department of Environmental Protection was arrested and charged in a fatal collision in Elmhurst last month.

Roderick Mitchell, 38, of Valley Stream, Long Island, turned himself in at the 110th Precinct in Elmhurst, where he was charged with failure to yield and failure to exercise due care for striking 43-year-old Natalia Garcia-Valencia of Middle Village on the morning of Tuesday, Mar. 12.