NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island man allegedly tried to join al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to carry out violent jihad overseas, authorities said Friday.
Marcos Alonso Zea, also known as Ali Zea, of Brentwood is charged with conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country, attempting to provide material support to terrorists, obstruction of justice and more.
As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, Zea appeared in court for an initial appearance wearing glasses and a low ponytail.
The judge called Zea a threat and a flight risk and ordered him held without bail. His family later claimed that studying Arabic is not a crime.
Zea, 25, allegedly planned to travel to Yemen to wage jihad alongside al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which claimed responsibility for the attempted Christmas Day, 2009 bombing of a Detroit-bound plane.