Federal prosecutors say a Maryland man inspired by the Islamic State group stole a U-Haul truck with plans to drive it into a crowd at National Harbor, the popular dining and entertainment hang out just outside of Washington, D.C.
Rondel Henry, a 28-year-old computer engineer, was arrested last week after he started driving through the Washington suburbs looking for places where he could run down crowds of people. He parked at a tourist spot on the Potomac River called National Harbor and waited, according to court documents. "I was just going to keep driving and driving and driving," Henry told investigators, according to court records. "I wasn't going to stop."
Rondel Henry planned attack at National Harbor
He knew nothing about guns or explosives. Experts appreciated that such actions are the most difficult types of terrorist attacks to prevent. "Because there's not a real conspiracy. If the individual is not boasting on the internet that they're going to do something, in other words, not attracting attention to themselves, then there's no indicator," explained Brian Jenkins, director of the Mineta Transportation Institute’s National Transportation Safety and Security Center. Anyone with a vehicle can drive into a crowd anywhere. The authorities said Henry had harbored hatred against people who don't practice Islam.He is charged only with transporting the stolen U-Haul into Maryland but prosecutors described his intentions.hE is scheduled for a detention hearing on Thursday.