REPORTS: Suspected ISIS sympathizer from Rowan Co arrested at NY - | WBTV Charlotte

REPORTS: Suspected ISIS sympathizer from Rowan Co arrested at NY airport


A Rowan County man who is a sympathizer of the terrorist group ISIS was arrested while returning to the US in early August, according to sources.

Donald Ray Morgan, 44, was arrested on August 2 after arriving at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport from Frankfurt, Germany, according to CNN and federal court documents.

Sources told WBTV that Morgan is from Rowan County.

Morgan was charged in NC with illegal weapons possession. Prosecutors said he was involved in weapons trafficking, which was in violation of his probation for a previous felony conviction, the court documents state.

According to CNN, U.S. officials said that Morgan's online activities, including Twitter postings in support of ISIS, drew their attention. Court documents make no mention of the terrorist group.

CNN reports that Morgan is not believed to be involved in any active plots inside the U.S. or elsewhere. They say he may be more of an "aspirational" supporter of ISIS.

The New York Daily News reported Sunday night that at Morgan's first appearance in court on August 4, prosecutors opposed bail, citing fears that he was possibly involved with ISIS.

According to the Daily News, a public defender assigned to represent Morgan said there was no evidence Morgan tried to support ISIS.

Morgan is being transferred to Greensboro to face the weapons charge.

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