Warwick terror suspect awaiting trial behind bars

Court sketch of Nicholas Rovinski by Jane Collins

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — A Warwick man who investigators say has ties to terrorists remains behind bars, Eyewitness News has learned.

Nicholas Rovinski is the closest publicly known ISIS connection in Rhode Island to date.

For a week in early June, Eyewitness News cameras were planted outside of a home on Aspinet Drive – as federal and state investigators searched for evidence.

On June 11, Rovinski, a graduate of Pilgrim High School, was charged in a federal case of conspiring to support ISIS.

Federal agents say Rovinski plotted to behead conservative blogger Pamela Geller in support of ISIS with two other men – David Wright and Usaamah Rahim.

Rahim was killed by police in Boston after they say he lunged at them with a military-style knife.

Wright was also arrested – and Geller was never attacked.

According to the FBI, the 24-year-old Rovinski changed his name to Nuh Amriki two years ago, in order to be more easily recognizable with ISIS members.

The last noted movement in Rovinski’s case was made in July, according to the federal court in Boston, when he had his initial status conference.

Since then, the docket has been silent.

Rovinski pleaded not guilty to his charges and is still being held in jail without bail.

Eyewitness News has learned a judge set a tentative start date of his trial for February of 2017.

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