NE Ohio man accused of supporting terrorism indicted

NE Ohio man accused of supporting terrorism indicted
Robert McCollum, AKA Samir Said Abdul Rahman Al-Ghazi (Source: Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Dept.)

NORTH OLMSTED, OH (WOIO) - A Sheffield Lake man has been indicted on several charges, including support terrorism. The 28-count indictment was filed against Amir Said Abdul Rahman Al-Ghazi. He was taken into custody June 19, 2015 in North Olmsted while trying to buy an AK-47 from an undercover FBI agent. A search warrant was issued at his home in Sheffield Lake where authorities found a .45 caliber Taurus handgun, a sword, and an ISIL flag.

Federal authorities say Al-Ghazi, 38, who legally changed his name from Robert C. McCollum, is accused of violating Title 18, USC 2339B(a)(1), which states, "whoever knowingly provides material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization, or attempts or conspires to do so, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned…"

Al-Ghazi is also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and distributing a controlled substance.

Al-Ghazi's parents say they knew their son converted to Islam and changed his name, but they did not say much more about the changes he's been through over the last few years.

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