NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – An Air Force veteran from New Jersey stood accused Tuesday of turning his back on his country and trying to support the terror group ISIS, federal officials said.
Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, of Neptune, is accused of attempting to provide material support to ISIS, also known as ISIL, and obstruction of justice.
Pugh, 47, was taken into custody in Asbury Park, New Jersey, on Jan. 16, CBS2’s Christine Sloan reported.
“Pugh, an American citizen and former member of our military, allegedly abandoned his allegiance to the United States and sought to provide material support to ISIL,” said Assistant Attorney General John Carlin.
The Air Force veteran allegedly tried to join ISIS after being fired from his job as an airplane mechanic in the Middle East.
He allegedly tried to travel to Syria to join ISIS in January, according to authorities. Turkish authorities caught him and sent him back to Egypt, which deported him back to the U.S.
Pugh was allegedly carrying multiple electronic devices and thumb devices when he was caught in Turkey.
A few days later, members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force searched Pugh’s laptop, and found he had searched “borders controlled by Islamic state” and ISIS propaganda videos, authorities said.