Four Arrested For Planning Bomb Attack On Muslim Community

Vincent Vetromile, Brian Colaneri, Andrew Crysel, and a 16-year-old boy were arrested on Saturday.

Greece, NY – A tip from a concerned high school student led to the arrest of four people who were planning to attack a Muslim community in New York, according to police.

Brian Colaneri, 20, Vincent Vetromile, 19, Andrew Crysel, 18, and an unnamed 16-year-old male were all charged with fourth-degree conspiracy and three counts of first-degree criminal possession of a dangerous weapon following their arrests on Saturday, USA Today reported.

The sinister plot came to light after a Greece Odyssey Academy student overheard the 16-year-old suspect talking with someone else in the cafeteria on Friday, Greece Police Chief Patrick Phelan said.

The boy showed the other person a photo on his phone, and “made a comment to the effect, ‘he looks like the next school shooter, doesn’t he?’” Chief Phelan explained.

The student that overheard the conversation was concerned about the teen’s comment, and told school administrators about what had occurred.

Greece police soon learned that the 16-year-old student and his three accomplices had constructed a “serious plot” to carry out an attack against the Muslim community of Islamberg, USA Today reported.

The community, which sits on over 60 acres near the Catskill Mountains in Delaware County, was established in accordance with the teachings of Pakistani Sufi cleric Mubarik Ali Gilani, who encouraged his followers to establish their own communities in rural areas to focus on their religious beliefs, USA Today reported.

Investigators are working to establish a potential motive behind the plot, Chief Phelan said.

According to court documents, investigators found three homemade bombs at the 16-year-old suspect’s home.

The cylindrical-shaped devices were each wrapped in duct tape, and appeared to be filled with nails and black powder, Chief Phelan said.

The bombs will be examined by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, he said.

Police also recovered 23 firearms during the course of the investigation, and speculated that the group had been plotting the attack for about a month, WROC reported.

Between five and six locations have been searched thus far, and investigators are still examining the suspects’ electronic devices, police said.

Additional charges may be forthcoming.

Greece Central School District Superintendent Kathleen Graupman praised the student who overheard the lunchroom conversation for alerting school personnel about the situation.

"They trusted their instincts and used what they learned in school," she told USA Today. " The outcome of this investigation proves that our system works. I want to emphasize that our schools are safe because of the actions of many."

Comments (18)
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Freepetta
Freepetta

Well that’s interesting for a change. Generally it’s the other way around.

angeleyes
angeleyes

what fine examples of america's youths as they plan to not only kill, but kill and maim indiscriminately. their parents must be so proud, they raised them right.

MrsS
MrsS

Something missing here, though. "Sorta looks like the next school shooter" just doesn't sound like a threat. There was more information they can't share.

Propolice
Propolice

Nothing to say except this is what happens when we let other people use our country for their own agenda. Wrong way to go about it but it would be okay if it was Antifa, right?

Marxest
Marxest

What is about white men using violence against other cultures, religions and ethnicities? Seems to be a long history of it everywhere. It'll probably never end.

Vigilent
Vigilent

So they were going to attack a bunch of terrorist. Yaaaaawn

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

If you think they are only praying to Allah and reading the Koran (while making rugs of course) there in Islamberg your delusional. But nothing justifies blowing the place up.

NCgangCOP
NCgangCOP

Not defending the alleged bomb makers..but this is the compound and they are part of the civilization jihad ☪️

Katarina
Katarina

I don't condone violence against this community, but I do think they should be looked into and watched Very closely as well as the at least 30 other similar communes in this country. There are too many connections to very radical groups among them to believe they are here to live the "American Dream", yet don't assimilate and congregate in secret, private communes.

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

Thank God that student reported it and I don't understand why this 16 year who was part of the plot doesn't have his identity released also.....when you go out to try and commit this type of crime you should be identified!!!