20-Year-Old Jordan National Trained For Possible Texas Attack

Abuayyash, a Jordanian national, is facing serious allegations, as he stands accused of unlawfully purchasing a Canik model TP9 Elite SC 9 mm pistol.

The Department of Justice has stated that, “According to the criminal complaint filed upon his arrest, Abuayyash entered the United States on a nonimmigrant visa, which expired in 2019, and has allegedly been in direct contact with others who share a radical mindset.” Following the expiration of his nonimmigrant visa, Abuayyash sought asylum in the United States.

However, despite being authorized to work in the U.S. until August 2025, he is expressly prohibited from “possessing or using firearms or ammunition.” The indictment against Abuayyash alleges that he had been “conducting physical training and has trained with weapons to possibly commit an attack.”

Law enforcement sources have suggested that he was “plotting to attack a Jewish gathering.” Nevertheless, authorities have not disclosed specific details regarding the time or place of the purported targeted attack.

In a significant development, U.S. Magistrate Judge Christina A. Bryan, in a statement dated October 24, revealed that Abuayyash had been exposed to explicit content posted by radical organizations online. This content included instructions on how to construct bombs or explosive devices.

Additionally, it was reported that Abuayyash made statements endorsing the killing of individuals of specific religious faiths in his communications with others. Notably, he referenced an event in Houston for members of a particular religious group in discussions about martyrdom.

The FBI initiated an investigation into Abuayyash’s activities in August.

Their interest was piqued after agents conducted “open-source research” and found videos on social media featuring him firing multiple guns. FBI Director Christopher Wray emphasized the gravity of the situation in his statement to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

He cautioned that the terrorism threat has escalated in 2023, particularly with the ongoing conflict in the Middle East increasing the risk of attacks against Americans in the United States. Wray underscored concerns about violent extremists, both foreign and domestic, targeting various communities, including Jewish and Muslim groups.

If convicted, Abuayyash could face a maximum sentence of up to 15 years in federal prison, along with the possibility of a substantial $250,000 fine and his arraignment is scheduled for November 13.