Jonathan Xie Wiki
Jonathan Xie from Basking Ridge, New Jersey, is accused of threatening to shoot up a pro-Israel event and saying he wanted to bomb Trump Tower. Xie, 20, was arrested on May 21 by the FBI and accused of attempting to provide material support to Hamas. The FBI said in a press release that agents have been tracking Xie since January 2019.
Documents in the case say that Xie flirted with the idea of joining the military in order “to learn how to kill.. So I can use that knowledge.” Xie also said of his prospective military career, “Idk if I pass the training … If I should do lone wolf.” Prosecutors in the case that Xie completed the Security Clearance Application for National Security Positions paperwork in February 2019. Xie denied in that form that he had ever associated with anyone involved in terrorist activities. When Xie had to complete the paperwork again due to an error, he answered “No” again to the same question.
UPDATE: NJ resident Jonathan Xie, 20, of Basking Ridge — who was arrested on terror charges for wanting to bomb Trump Tower, Israeli consulate — appeared in a Newark court today; he’s being held without bail https://t.co/5vNMp5oylg pic.twitter.com/4GHbt3J4qA
— 1010 WINS (@1010WINS) May 22, 2019
Xie Donated $100 to Hamas in 2018
The documents also say that in April 2019, Xie recorded an Instagram Live video in which he said, “I’m gonna go to the f****** pro-Israel march and I’m going to shoot everybody.” During his rant, the documents say Xie discussed his opposition to Zionism and displayed a Hamas flag while showing off a gun. In 2018, prosecutors said that Xie posted on Instagram about making a $100 donation to Hamas saying, “Just donated $100 to Hamas. Pretty sure it was illegal but I don’t give a damn.” Authorities believe Xie sent the money to a Hamas operative in the Gaza Strip. In April 2019, authorities also believe that Xie sent a bitcoin donation to Hamas.
Jonathan Xie (a ChiCom?), is accused of threatening to shoot up a pro-Israel even & saying he wanted to bomb the Trump Tower.
Docs in the case say that Xie flirted with the idea of joining the military in order “to learn how to kill.”https://t.co/tJQkFxN8EX
— BenTallmadge (@BenKTallmadge) May 22, 2019
During a different video, Xie is accused of saying, “I want to shoot the pro-Israel demonstrators…you can get a gun and shoot your way through or use a vehicle and ram people… all you need is a gun or a vehicle to go on a rampage…” While on social media accounts, Xie expressed support for North Korea and Saddam Hussein. In another instance, Xie is accused of giving an undercover FBI agent a step-by-step tutorial on how to donate to Hamas.
Xie Has a History of Mental Illness
Xie has a history of mental illness, an unnamed official told NBC New York. That official said that investigators found three guns in Xie’s home, where he lived with his parents.
NOW: @FBI agents starting to leave after lengthy search at Basking Ridge NJ home of Jonathan Xie, 20 y/o charged with material support to #Hamas, threats to blow up @TrumpTower. @News12NJ pic.twitter.com/2cY3HYxmOe
— Alex Zdan (@ActualAlexZ) May 22, 2019
Xie Also Made Threats Against Coachella, According to the Feds
In another Instagram post, Xie is accused of making a threat against the Coachella Music & Arts Festival. The alleged threat read, “Someone needs to get a truck filled with explosives and blow up the Coachella event Watch their blood and dead bodies litter the streets.”
Federal agents just busted 20-year-old NJ resident #JonathanXie in a #TrumpTowerTerrorPlot… Xie is facing serious charges after the feds said he also threatened to shoot pro-#Israel supporters and attempted to donate money to a #terrorist organization. https://t.co/WldcwPa1eD
— A4NY14 (@A4Ny14) May 22, 2019
Xie Could Face 100 Years in Prison
The FBI press release on Xie’s arrest states that the suspect could face 100 years in prison if convicted on all counts of providing material support to a designated terrorist organization. U.S. Attorney for Newark, Craig Carpenito said in a statement, “Homegrown violent extremists like Xie are a serious threat to national security. The actions that he took and planned to take made that threat both clear and present, and we commend our law enforcement partners for working closely with us to stop him before he could carry out his plans to commit violence on American soil. We will continue to do everything in our power to safeguard our country and its citizens from the threat of terrorism, whether that threat comes from abroad or – as here – from within.”
JUST IN by artist Christine Cornell:
Terrorist suspect Jonathan Xie appears before a federal judge in Newark.
The 20-year-old was remanded as his mother (pictured) and father fought back tears.
Charged with sending money to Hamas and threatening to kill Jews and bomb Trump Tower pic.twitter.com/lRlqVHxOzi
— Henry Rosoff (@HenryRosoff) May 22, 2019