IS lover arrested for conspiracy to kill cops on Yonkers Street during St. Patrick’s Day parade
An ISIS-loving radical Islamic extremist from Yonkers was arrested by the feds on Friday for plotting to kill police officers and the city’s mayor, starting on the street where the local St. Patrick’s Day parade was to take place, authorities said Friday.
Rydon Cola, 32, contacted the Yonkers police directly, saying: “I will crucify the Yonkers police officers and their bosses all along McLean Avenue. It will be a horror scene. . . Allahu Ekberr,” the federal authorities said.
While Cola didn’t directly threaten the parade, McLean Avenue is the street where the city’s St. Patrick’s Day event is scheduled on Saturday, prompting officials to quickly arrest him on Friday so he can’t cause any harm at the event.
“Yonkers is proud to host one of New York’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parades and threats like this won’t stop us from celebrating the great contributions of our Irish-American community,” Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano tweeted after the arrest.
According to U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Damian Williams, Cola was arrested and charged with threatening interstate communications.
According to the feds, Cola repeatedly posted disturbing messages on the Internet, including in support of “jihad” or “war against non-Muslims.” He also spoke out in support of extremists from the Islamic State.
The messages apparently went on for years. In 2021, he posted on the official Yonkers police social media account one entry written in Albanian that read: “I’m going to stab you little girls.”
TThen sent a direct message to a police account on March 9th saying: “The first people to be crucified will be the Wallahi yonker rats. Allahu Ekberr.” This message appeared along with a report about the killing of police officers on McLean Avenue.
According to the indictment, the Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested Kola on Friday morning.
“Threats of violence against the police or undermining public safety are unacceptable as Kolya has now been charged and faces jail time for threatening our loyal law enforcement partners tasked with keeping us safe,” Williams said.
Commissioner Christopher Sapienza welcomed the bust, especially in the run-up to the holiday.
“Fortunately, thanks to the outstanding combined efforts of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force in New York and our Yonkers Police Intelligence Division, our city will host a safe St. Patrick’s Day parade tomorrow, free from intimidation by intruders,” it said. in a statement.
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