Virginia man charged with trying to help ISIS bought AK-47 day after San Bernardino attack


Lionel Nelson Williams, 26, of Suffolk, Virginia was charged today with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State.

Williams was arrested yesterday in Suffolk.

According to the affidavit, In October and November 2016, Williams sent money to a person he believed was collecting money for ISIS to purchase weapons and ammunition for ISIS fighters.

Williams also posted content on social media indicating his support for ISIS and attacks targeting police officers, military and armed civilians.

In addition, the investigation revealed that Williams ordered an AK-47 assault rifle the day after the terror attack in San Bernardino, California, in December 2015.

Two firearms, including a semi-automatic rifle consistent with the appearance of an AK-47, were recovered in a post-arrest search of Williams’ residence.

Williams faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison if convicted.

[WRIC / Norfolk City Jail]