Man charged for NY ISIS attack plot
A Queens aeronautics student has been charged in Brooklyn federal court with conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State terror group in a plot that included an effort to construct a bomb for detonation in the New York area, according to a complaint released yesterday.
Munther Omar Saleh, 20, was observed twice behaving suspiciously at the George Washington Bridge, indicated support for the group in online postings, researched bomb-making, and referred to being involved in an "op" in email correspondence, the government said.
He was working with two unnamed co-conspirators, according to the complaint, and was arrested on June 13 when he and a co-conspirator exited a vehicle that was under surveillance and approached undercover officers who were tailing him.
Woman falls to her death in Inwood
A 26-year-old Wisconsin native fell to her death from her roof in Inwood early yesterday when she tried to climb down the fire escape while she was apparently drunk, a law enforcement official with knowledge of the incident said.
The woman, Kasey Jones, was drinking with friends on the roof of the Vermilyea Avenue apartment, near 207th Street, when she decided to climb down about 2:20 a.m., the official said. She fell about five stories.
The Superior, Wisconsin, native appeared to have moved to New York last year and started working as a barista, according to her Facebook profile. Jones posted that she was moving to Inwood from Brooklyn in February.
Amy Joscelyn, 25, worked with Jones at 60 Beans Coffee & Tea in Astoria from the end of last summer until December.
"She was always really sweet and fun to work with," Joscelyn said. "I always looked forward to the days that she was here. I just remember how excited she was that she moved to New York City and how different everything was."
Jones would often post photos from the rooftop, looking down. In one image from her Instagram account she photographed a Spotted Cow, a beer from Wisconsin, hanging on the ledge.
"Foot's eye view," she captioned one image on June 9 showing her feet over what appears to be the fire escape.
"It scares the bejesus outta me whenever you post these 'casually leaning over the edge' pics," one friend commented on the photo. "Well I have a lot of whiskey to help me out," Jones wrote back.
The Upper West Side coffee shop, Plowshares Coffee Roasters, where Jones worked, according to her social media profiles, posted a notice on the door yesterday evening, telling customers they were closed "due to an emergency."