You are reading

Jackson Heights Man Who Plotted Attack on Times Square Pleads Guilty to Gun Charges

A 25-year-old Jackson Heights man pleaded guilty Friday to gun charges in relation to a plot to attack Times Square (Photo: Vidar Nordli-Mathisen)

Dec. 20, 2021 By Christian Murray

A Jackson Heights man who bought firearms with the intention of carrying out a mass shooting in Times Square pleaded guilty in federal court last week to gun-related charges.

Ashiqul Alam, 25, who is a citizen of Bangladesh, admitted Friday that he had purchased a firearm with an obliterated serial number as part of a plea agreement. As part of the agreement, he is likely to be sentenced to 5-years in prison and be deported upon completion of his sentence.

“With today’s guilty plea, Alam has admitted to purchasing a firearm for use in a full-scale, mass-casualty attack in Times Square,” said U.S. Attorney Breon Peace in a statement.  “Protecting our national security and the residents of this city, state and nation from the threat of terrorist attacks at home or abroad continues to be one of the highest priorities of this Office and its law enforcement partners.”

According to court records, Alam expressed a desire between August 2018 and June 2019 to purchase firearms for use in a mass-casualty attack. He identified two locations—Times Square and Washington D.C.

Alam, according to court documents, conducted several reconnaissance trips to Times Square in January 2019 and used his cell phone to make video recordings of the area as he searched for potential targets.

He also conducted research online about firearms and discussed purchasing a gun with an undercover cop. In March 2019 he told the cop that he was interested in buying a Glock 9 mm pistol.

In May 2019, the undercover cop told him that the firearm for sale had an obliterated serial number in which Alam replied “Oh, that’s good man.”

In June, Alam met the undercover cop and provided him with $400 toward the purchase of two Glock 19 semiautomatic pistols with obliterated serial numbers.  He asked whether the Glock 19 was compatible with a silencer. He was arrested soon after.

Alam was not charged with terrorism-related crimes. Officials said, despite his intentions, he posed no immediate threat, since law enforcement was monitoring his plans.

email the author: [email protected]

3 Comments

Click for Comments 
MR LIC

Just remember our borders are open thanks to Socialist Joe Biden. Thos guy came hete legally it appears. A man from the middle East just got caught the other day at the border. He was on a list somewhere that h got him picked up. Imagine the ones that we do mot catch, what are they up to? As far as punishment goes in NYC Portland San Francisco Los Angeles Minnesota Seattle Chicago all Democratic Socialist run cities wher they elect So called Progressives who ate really Socoalists such as AOC Tiffany Caban Julie Won Jumanme Williams Kathy Hochul and vmost NY Democratic politicians.. Albany gave us No bail and DeBlasio gave us handcuffs for the police . DA’s that will not prosecute anyone.. $1 billion defunded from the police. You wonder why crime is going up !
Kdep votinh fod soft on crime Democratic Socialists and nothing will change. Our City Council is full of these losers

2
1
Reply
brooklynmc

Smash and grab can get you 3 hours and planning a mass casualty “terror” attack gets you 5 years. The penalties for the crimes have to be a deterrent.

3
1
Reply

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

‘He didn’t deserve to die’: Borough President Richards leads emotional candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards held a candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols outside Queens Borough Hall Monday, Jan. 30 after Nichols’ death at the hands of police officers in Memphis, Tenn., made national headlines for the brutality in which the officers beat him.

Almost immediately after news broke about Nichols’ death, the Memphis police officers who beat him to death were fired and charged with murder. The police department released the body cam footage of the fatal beating on Jan. 27, but many people, including some at the vigil, have refused to watch it due to its extremely graphic nature.

Long Island City teen sentenced in fatal shooting of ‘beloved’ school teacher at Queensbridge Houses in 2020: DA

A Long Island City man on Friday, Jan. 28, was sentenced to 19 years in prison for the 2020 fatal shooting of a public school social studies teacher who was out walking his dog when he was caught in the crossfire during a confrontation between gang rivals in broad daylight, just blocks from his home, according to Queens District Attorney’s office.

Ike Ford, 19, of 12th Street, in Long Island City, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the first degree before Queens Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Holder. The teacher, George Rosa, 53, was shot in his abdomen by a stray bullet fired by Ford, who was just 17 years old at the time of the shooting but was sentenced as an adult given the severity of the crime, according to Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz.

LaGuardia Community College receives federal funding to expand vocational training for the unemployed

LaGuardia Community College recently received more than $400,000 in federal funding to enhance and expand vocational training for underemployed New Yorkers in a city that is still working to recover from COVID-19 pandemic-induced job loss. The support was secured by U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez and former Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney.

LaGuardia Community College President Kenneth Adams explained that the school lost nearly a quarter of its students at the height of the pandemic due to the economic effects of the lockdown on low-income Queens households.

BP launches new advisory panel for youth to become civically engaged in the future of Queens

In an effort to get more young people involved in civics, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards has created a new advisory panel known as the Youth and Young Adult Council to introduce the “youngest and fiercest” community advocates to both community service and organization.

Members of the advisory body will advocate concerns through means of community engagement by participating in one of two cohorts. The first will be made up of high school representatives between the ages of 13 and 17, while the second cohort will be comprised of young adults between the ages of 18 and 25.