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The son of a Boston police captain has been indicted on federal charges in connection with an alleged plot to carry out a terror attack on behalf of the Islamist extremist group ISIS, federal prosecutors said Thursday.
Alexander Ciccolo, 23, who is also known as Ali Al Amriki, is reported to be mentally ill and to be obsessed with Islam.
A grand jury returned an indictment charging him with one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and one count of one count of assault with a deadly weapon — although that charge relates to an alleged attack on a nurse with a pen after he was arrested. He was not charged with terrorism.
Ciccolo, who officials said is the son of Boston Police Capt. Robert Ciccolo, was arrested on July 4 after he allegedly accepted the delivery of four guns — two semi-auto rifles and two handguns — from a person who was cooperating with a law enforcement anti-terror task force, federal prosecutors said.
Alexander Ciccolo allegedly was a supporter of ISIS, the terror group who have seized parts of Iraq and Syria and carried out gruesome beheadings that have shocked the world, and talked with the operative about wanting to carry out a terror attack in the U.S.
Ciccolo was also seen buying pressure cookers similar to the type used by the Boston Marathon bombers, and police allegedly found what was described as partially constructed Molotov cocktails in his apartment after his arrest.
Ciccolo’s father is the one who alerted the FBI about his son’s interest in ISIS, a Boston police official said.
"While we were saddened and disappointed to learn of our son's intentions, we are grateful that authorities were able to prevent any loss of life or harm to others,” the Ciccolo family said in a statement after his arrest.
If convicted, Ciccolo faces up to 10 years in prison on the gun charge, and up to 20 years in prison for the assault on the nurse, which left her with a bloody gash on her head, federal officials said, although they noted that maximum sentences are rare.