COURT RECORD: ISIS SUPPORTERS ARRESTED TRYING TO GET TO EL PASO

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According to court documents, two Milwaukee men accused of having ties to ISIS were on their way to El Paso before officials arrested them in San Angelo, Texas.

FBI agents followed 35-year-old Jason Michael Ludke and Yosvany Padilla-Conde for about a month as they road tripped from Wisconsin to Texas.

Ludke and Padilla-Conde are accused of attempting to provide support to the terrorist group ISIS
after an undercover FBI agent received a friend request from Ludke.

Documents say Ludke had been chatting with an undercover FBI agent, who Ludke believed was an ISIS recruit. Ludke allegedly told the FBI agent he had pledged allegiance to ISIS and that he planned to make a “hijra” or migration “away from the land of infidel.”

Ludke also reportedly  told the undercover agent he would be traveling with Padilla-Conde, who had firearm training from his time in the military in Cuba.

According to court records, both men slept in mosque parking lots on their way to El Paso. They allegedly planned to cross the border into Mexico and get international travel documents to travel to Syria, Iraq, or Yemen.

The FBI was able to track both men through the communication Ludke and the undercover agent maintained through email.

Officials obtained an arrest warrant and arrested both men before they arrived to El Paso.

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Documents say Padilla-Conde told officials he tried talking Ludke out of traveling internationally and that he had planned to leave Ludke after they crossed into Mexico.

Ludke is charged with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and Padilla-Conde is charged with aiding Ludke’s terrorist attempts.

If convicted both face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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