Jonathan Xie: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Instagram/Jonathan XieAn Instagram post allegedly made by Jonathan Xie.

Jonathan Xie from Basking Ridge, New Jersey, is accused of threatening to shoot up a pro-Israel event and saying he wanted to bomb Trump Tower. Xie, 20, was arrested on May 21 by the FBI and accused of attempting to provide material support to Hamas. The FBI said in a press release that agents have been tracking Xie since January 2019.

Documents in the case say that Xie flirted with the idea of joining the military in order “to learn how to kill.. So I can use that knowledge.” Xie also said of his prospective military career, “Idk if I pass the training … If I should do lone wolf.” Prosecutors in the case that Xie completed the Security Clearance Application for National Security Positions paperwork in February 2019. Xie denied in that form that he had ever associated with anyone involved in terrorist activities. When Xie had to complete the paperwork again due to an error, he answered “No” again to the same question.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Xie Donated $100 to Hamas in 2018, Feds Say

The documents also say that in April 2019, Xie recorded an Instagram Live video in which he said, “I’m gonna go to the f****** pro-Israel march and I’m going to shoot everybody.” During his rant, the documents say Xie discussed his opposition to Zionism and displayed a Hamas flag while showing off a gun. In 2018, prosecutors said that Xie posted on Instagram about making a $100 donation to Hamas saying, “Just donated $100 to Hamas. Pretty sure it was illegal but I don’t give a damn.” Authorities believe Xie sent the money to a Hamas operative in the Gaza Strip. In April 2019, authorities also believe that Xie sent a bitcoin donation to Hamas.

During a different video, Xie is accused of saying, “I want to shoot the pro-Israel demonstrators…you can get a gun and shoot your way through or use a vehicle and ram people… all you need is a gun or a vehicle to go on a rampage…” While on social media accounts, Xie expressed support for North Korea and Saddam Hussein. In another instance, Xie is accused of giving an undercover FBI agent a step-by-step tutorial on how to donate to Hamas.

2. FBI Agents Tracked Xie Outside of Trump Tower in April 2019

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GettyAn effigy of Donald Trump stands outside of Trump Tower during an April Fools’ Day protest against U.S. President Donald Trump.

An FBI agent wrote in the court documents that agents observed Xie around Trump Tower on 5th Avenue in New York City. After that visit, Xie allegedly posted on Instagram, “Okay, so I went to NYC today and passed by Trump Tower and then I started laughing hysterically . . . I forgot to visit the Israeli embassy in NYC . . .i want to bomb this place along with Trump Tower.” Xie is also accused of creating a post that read, “I want to bomb Trump Tower” alongside an image of the building. As well as allegedly creating a poll in which he asked his followers if he should bomb the Donald Trump-owned skyscraper.

Later, Xie allegedly said, “I want to shoot the pro-israel demonstrators . . . you can get a gun and shoot your way through or use a vehicle and ram people . . . all you need is a gun or vehicle to go on a rampage . . . I do not care if security forces come after me, they will have to put a bullet in my head to stop me.”

3. Xie Has a History of Mental Illness

New Jersey Man Arrested on Terror Charges, Allegedly Discussed Bombing Trump Tower | NBC New YorkA 20-year-old New Jersey man who allegedly sent money abroad to Hamas militants in an effort to support the terror group also spoke of bombing Trump Tower and attacking the Israeli Consulate in New York, authorities say. The suspect, identified as Jonathan Xie, of Basking Ridge, was arrested Wednesday morning on charges of attempting to…2019-05-22T17:14:07.000Z

Xie has a history of mental illness, an unnamed official told NBC New York. That official said that investigators found three guns in Xie’s home, where he lived with his parents.

4. Xie Also Made Threats Against Coachella, According to the Feds

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GettyCrowds gathering for the 2019 Coachella music festival.

In another Instagram post, Xie is accused of making a threat against the Coachella Music & Arts Festival. The alleged threat read, “Someone needs to get a truck filled with explosives and blow up the Coachella event Watch their blood and dead bodies litter the streets.”

5. Xie Could Face 100 Years in Prison

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The FBI press release on Xie’s arrest states that the suspect could face 100 years in prison if convicted on all counts of providing material support to a designated terrorist organization. U.S. Attorney for Newark, Craig Carpenito said in a statement, “Homegrown violent extremists like Xie are a serious threat to national security. The actions that he took and planned to take made that threat both clear and present, and we commend our law enforcement partners for working closely with us to stop him before he could carry out his plans to commit violence on American soil. We will continue to do everything in our power to safeguard our country and its citizens from the threat of terrorism, whether that threat comes from abroad or – as here – from within.”

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