Alleged terror suspects met at beach near Warwick home

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) – The beach where three men met to allegedly discuss a plot to behead someone is around the corner from the Warwick home that was the focus of an intense FBI and State Police search, the Target 12 Investigators have learned.

According to a complaint unsealed Wednesday, Usaamah Rahim, David Wright and an unnamed third person met at a beach in Rhode Island “in inclement weather, to discuss their plans” on Sunday.

The beach is just a short distance from the Aspinet Drive home that the FBI said was the subject of court-authorized activity.

A spokesperson for the Boston office of the FBI declined to comment but confirmed no one from Rhode Island is in custody or under arrest.

As first reported on WPRI.com, agents from the FBI and investigators with the Rhode Island State Police conducted the search of a home in Warwick’s Governor Francis Farms neighborhood as part of an ongoing anti-terror investigation.

A neighbor told Target 12 it was sometime between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Tuesday when State Police and black SUVs converged on Aspinet Drive – blocking off the neighborhood for several hours.

In the complaint filed against David Wright of Everett, Usaamah Rahim, 26, bought several military fighting knives on Amazon with the purpose of beheading police officers. The documents said investigators believed the attack was imminent, either June 2 or June 3.

According to the court complaint, Wright – who had his first court appearance at the federal courthouse in Boston Wednesday afternoon – agreed to waive his Miranda Rights following his arrest and agreed to speak with FBI agents.

He was ordered held on a charge of conspiracy with intent to obstruct the federal investigation of Usaamah Rahim.

Wright was taken into custody Tuesday, hours after Boston police and FBI agents shot and killed Rahim, who they said was under 24-hour surveillance by members of a Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Tim White ( twhite@wpri.com ) is the Target 12 investigative reporter for WPRI 12 and Fox Providence. Follow him on Twitter: @TimWhiteRI

Nancy Krause and Colin Spence contributed to this report.

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