A detention hearing was scheduled for Tuesday in Greenbelt, Maryland. It was not clear if prosecutors would file extra charges accusing him of arranging an attack.
The charge of interstate transportation of a stolen automobile, which carries up to 10 years in prison, is most likely a placeholder count, with prosecutors anticipated to present proof prior to a grand jury and safe an indictment with new charges.
A defense lawyer for Henry declined to comment.
The government’s six-web page detention motion describes Henry as harbouring hatred for “disbelievers” and hunting to emulate Islamic State militants he saw on beheading videos and fighting overseas.
On his telephone, which prosecutors say he discarded on a highway, authorities identified photos of the ISIS flag, armed ISIS fighters and the man who carried out the massacre in an Orlando, Florida, nightclub 3 years ago.
The document alleges that Henry, a computer system engineer, walked off his job in the middle of the day final month and stole a U-Haul van from the parking garage of a mall in Virginia just after figuring out that his 4-door sedan “would not result in the catastrophic harm that he preferred.”
He 1st regarded as an attack at Dulles International Airport, attempting unsuccessfully to breach the safety perimeter and get into a restricted location, prosecutors mentioned.
From there, he headed to National Harbor – a waterfront complicated of restaurants, retail and hotels in Maryland.
“But so early in the morning on a weekday,” prosecutors wrote, “the defendant did not locate the sizeable crowd upon which he preferred to inflict his radical conduct.”
Henry then broke into a boat, sleeping there overnight, and was arrested on the morning of March 28 when he leaped more than the safety fence from the boat deck, according to the detention motion.
Associates of Henry expressed surprise at the allegations.
Osman Alaalla, 61, came to pray Monday evening at a 5pm service at the Islamic Society of Germantown. He mentioned Henry ordinarily led that service. Alaalla described Henry as a quiet, good man but mentioned he did not know something about his private life. He mentioned he would come to pray and leave.
“He’s pretty peaceful,” he mentioned.