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Caught: Emanuel Lutchman, 25, of Rochester, New York was arrested for planning an attack on New Year's Eve
A man has been arrested for allegedly supporting ISIS and planning an attack on New Year's Eve.
Emanuel Lutchman, 25, a Muslim convert with mental health problems who is a former convict was picked up by authorities after they learned he was preparing a machete attack on diners at a local restaurant or bar in Rochester, New York.
Federal prosecutors claim Lutchman had been in contact with a member of the terrorist organization in Syria who urged him to kill non-Muslims.
He has now been charged with with attempting to provide material support to ISIL, which is publishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
'New Year's is here soon. Do operations and kill some kuffar,' Lutchman's Syrian contact told him according to court documents.
He began speaking about his support for the terrorist group and his desire to travel overseas and join ISIL in conversations with an unidentified individual in November.
Then, earlier this month, he first made contact with the man who identified himself as a 'brother' of ISIL.
This individual told Lutchman how lucky he was to be living in the United States and how that allowed him to carry out attacks his brothers overseas could only dream of, according to the criminal complaint.
Just this past weekend, Lutchman sent a audio recording swearing his allegiance to ISIL.
On Monday morning Lutchman met with an individual who was working with the FBI during which time he mentioned his communications.
He mentioned wanting to target a bar or club at this meeting, saying he would sneak inside a bomb or perhaps kidnap some people, according to the criminal complaint.
He also said; 'I will take a life. I don't have a problem with that.'
He eventually went to WalMart where he purchased a machete and masks for the operation according to the complaint, saying to the informant; 'It's going to get real after this. It's just you, me and the Lord.
'We gotta do this, we gotta do this precise..
He later added; 'If we grab somebody, they can't live. They may idnetify the vehicle. they can't live.'
The defendant was arrested on Wednesday and made an initial appearance this morning in court.
The case is still being investigated buy the FBI.
According to the criminal complaint, Lutchman was arrested for robbery in 2006 and served five years in prison. He also has multiple Mental Hygiene arrests.