Man inspired by Islamic State planned truck attack near Washington D.C.

Clay Curtis
April 11, 2019

A day later, the stolen U-Haul was found in National Harbor, a bustling development along the Potomac in Maryland across from Alexandria, Virginia, that features bars and restaurants, shops, a Ferris wheel, a luxury hotel and residential apartments. They allege that Henry, who claimed to be inspired by the ISIS terrorist organization, stole a U-Haul van with the intention of using it as a weapon against pedestrians on sidewalks at National Harbor.

Henry - who told investigators he wanted to create panic and chaos in the attack - first planned to use it at Dulles International Airport, prosecutors said.

On March 26, Alexandria Police Department was alerted about a leased U-Haul vehicle that was stolen from a parking garage at a mall in Alexandria, Va.

Neighbors at his Germantown apartment community said Henry rarely spoke to them.

Prosecutors detailed the terrorism-related accusations Monday in a detention memo and argued that Henry should remain in jail pending trial. He walked off his job that day in Germantown, Maryland and got into his vehicle.

Henry is scheduled to appear in court in Greenbelt, Maryland, on Tuesday.

Henry meant to initiate his plan at the Northern Virginia airport before dawn on March 27, but after two hours trying to breach security, he gave up and drove to the National Harbor in Maryland, prosecutors said.

"For two years, Henry has harbored "hatred" for those who do not practice the Muslim faith", the government memo said, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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Henry didn't know how to handle firearms or bombs, but he did know how to drive, and chose to emulate the 2016 terrorist truck attack in Nice, France, said prosecutors.

A spokesman for the Baltimore field office of the FBI says investigators are expected to provide more information after Henry's court appearance on Tuesday. Seeking out and watching videos of foreign terrorists beheading civilians and fighting overseas, the defendant considered these gruesome actions fearless and he wanted to emulate them.

"I was just going to keep driving and driving and driving", he allegedly said.

Police at the scene where a man hit pedestrians then flipped the U-Haul truck he was driving in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. But he knew how to drive, and he also knew of the terrorist truck attack in Nice, France. Henry left his BMW at the garage when he allegedly stole the U-Haul, tipping off police.

According to the US Department of Justice, Rondell Henry, 28, was inspired by the Daesh terrorist group.

The motion then states that Henry tried to break into a boat to hide overnight.

Officers found the stolen van the morning of March 28, and spotted Henry climbing over a security fence near the boat dock.

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