A 20-year-old New Jersey man was planning to plant a pressure cooker bomb in Manhattan on behalf of ISIS and “kill as many people as possible” when State police arrested him for attempting to kill his family dog earlier this year, according to a criminal complaint released Friday.
Gregory Lepsky was arrested in late February, and a subsequent search of his home prompted a more in-depth FBI investigation into alleged terrorist activities.
Lepsky, of Point Pleasant, NJ, was charged Friday with attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. The charge has a maximum sentence of 20 years and a $250,000 fine, according to CBS.
State police caught wind of Lepsky on February 21st, when they received a call that he allegedly “possessed a weapon” and was planning to kill his family’s dog at his Point Pleasant home. When police arrived at the scene, Lepsky exited the house, his arm bleeding. He was taken into custody and treated.