He initially had plans to travel to Afghanistan to join ISIS, but after speaking with an ISIS member through his messaging app, he was encouraged to "attack America". Through March and April, he often surveyed the mall and took notes on security, their postings and observations on their security system.
During one conversation, he stated: "I'd actually like to make a cop surrender and drop his gun // then douse him with gasoline and burn him // record it". "Federal law limits our ability to certify a juvenile as an adult for prosecution, and in light of that, we determined that state prosecution of the subject will best address the case", U.S. Attorney Joseph Brown said in a statement.
Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis says a North Texas high school student was planning a Columbine-style shooting at a Frisco mall sometime this month.
"The FBI's North Texas Joint Terrorism Task Force was able to successfully work with local, state, and federal partners to apprehend an individual who meant to do harm within the city of Frisco, Texas". Plano police assisted in Azizi-Yarand's arrest alongside the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Frisco Police Department.
He told the source about his desire to carry out an attack. This year's observance begins May 15.
Frisco police said that the "see something, say something" approach to stopping a murderous attack worked in this case. He allegedly also planned to set some stores on fire.
There was also talk of taking hostages. It's risky to akhi we have to be careful some have gotten arrested.
Message gets across to the kuffar (Arabic for "disbelievers"). "Had no limitary training // it's not about numbers it's about getting a message across to these taghut countries // it's unsafe tho akhi we have to be careful some have gotten arrested // so we good brother?"
"I've only been reading ISIS magazine guides for performing operations and making bombs", Azizi-Yarand wrote.
The teen told agents he learned about Islam on the internet "when I first wanted to learn the truth about Dawlah Islamiya [ISIS]".
During the online conversation, the Plano teen was asked whether he had a target.
"Yes, I've played out some scenarios in my head ahki, lol, I don't want to go in blind". He also included an image with the ISIS flag and a firearm as well as the text: "Jihad [Struggle/Fight] and the rifle alone. NO negotiations, NO conferences and NO dialogue", according to the affidavit.
Azizi-Yarand asked if the source could come to Dallas and said he planned to shoot a Hindu temple and ditch the getaway auto because "police response time here is really slow", the affidavit said.
Rose: "Well, we're going to broadcast it".