Terror suspect ordered held pending trial

Credit: Jane Flavell Collins

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WPRI) – A Massachusetts man accused of plotting to attack a college campus with guns and pressure cooker bombs will be staying behind bars for now.

During a hearing at U.S. district court in Springfield Tuesday afternoon, the magistrate ordered Alexander Ciccolo, aka Ali Al Amriki, be detained pending his trial, according to our sister station WWLP.

Prior to Tuesday’s hearing, Ciccolo, 23, was held at Wyatt Detention Center in Central Falls on terror-related charges. According to a criminal complaint unsealed Monday, he received four guns from a person cooperating with the Western Massachusetts Joint Terrorism Task Force on July 4.

The affidavit states Ciccolo talked with the cooperating witness in recorded conversations about his plans to commit acts inspired by ISIS, which would be broadcast live online.

Video: FBI Interview with Alexander Ciccolo »
Video: FBI Interview with Alexander Ciccolo »

Before his arrest, agents had observed Ciccolo buying a pressure cooker similar to those used in the Boston Marathon bombings. Ciccolo is the the estranged son of a Boston police captain, who was one of the first responders at the 2013 terror attack.

Court documents show Ciccolo had aspirations to fight for ISIS, and on their behalf planned to use a pressure cooker bomb in an attack on a college cafeteria. The complaint did not specify which college, but said that Ciccolo would spare Muslim students.

Prosecutors are expected to argue Tuesday that Ciccolo needs to remain in jail, because he is a “flight risk,” and a danger to the community.

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