A Garden Grove man was arrested Friday morning on federal charges that he provided support to the terrorist organization al-Qaeda, according to the FBI. Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen, also known as “Hasan Abu Omar Ghannoum,” 24, was taken into custody at a bus station in Santa Ana where he was attempting to board a bus headed for Mexico.
KTLA Nguyen had been named in a two-count indictment returned Friday by a Los Angeles federal grand jury, the FBI stated. He was charged with knowingly attempting to provide material support to al-Qaeda and making false statements in an application for a passport.
Nguyen had been “radicalized” and wanted to become a “foot soldier” for al-Qaeda, sources told the Los Angeles Times. The indictment alleges that Nguyen made the false statements about his name, date and place of birth, and his parents’ names and places of birth, in order to facilitate an act of international terrorism.
“Investigators do not believe Nguyen was traveling with others, nor are they aware of a continuing threat to the public at this time, based on his alleged activities,” the FBI advisory stated. Nguyen is a U.S. citizen, according to the FBI. He was expected to appear in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana Friday afternoon.
Neither the FBI nor the U.S. Department of Justice could provide spokespeople to comment or provide further detail due to the ongoing federal government shutdown.
No booking photo was made available per federal policy.