Officials ID Houston-area man with suspected connections to terrorism arrested
HOUSTON – A Houston-area man has been arrested and faces terrorism-related charges, KPRC 2 has learned.
Government officials identify the man as Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan.
Another man was arrested this morning in Sacramento, California, in connection to the Houston case, according to a spokeswoman for the United States Attorney’s Office there.
Other arrests were made in Milwaukee in a separate but connected case, Channel 2 has learned.
The Houston arrest is part of a federal terrorism-related investigation. The Houston-area man is expected to face three federal charges including that he provided support to terrorists. He's expected in court on Friday.
A spokeswoman for the United States Attorney’s Office in Houston says there is no threat to the public.
KPRC reported Thursday evening that the Texas suspect has lived in Houston for several years and was in contact with people in Milwaukee and Sacramento. The case involved plotting to get people currently in the United States moved overseas, specifically the Middle East.
“The person arrested in Sacramento was picked up this morning,” spokeswoman Lauren Horwood, of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California, told Channel 2 Investigates. She was not immediately sure when the person would appear in federal court.
In Houston, the U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to give details about the Houston arrest. A spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which has confirmed arrests after they are made in the past, declined to confirm an arrest.
“More information will be released when the defendant makes his initial appearance tomorrow,” Angela Dodge, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas, said.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott released a statement Thursday afternoon that read in part, "I applaud the FBI for today's arrest of this dangerous subject.”
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