- Associated Press - Friday, January 8, 2016

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - A 25-year-old ex-convict accused of plotting to carry out a terrorist attack at a Rochester restaurant on New Year’s Eve has made an appearance in federal court.

Federal authorities announced on the morning of Dec. 31 that they had arrested Emanuel Lutchman of Rochester the previous day and charged him with attempting to provide material support to terrorists.

Officials say Lutchman wanted to prove he was worthy of joining the Islamic State group by using a machete and knives to attack people in a Rochester restaurant on New Year’s Eve. The FBI says it used paid informants to uncover the plot.

People who know Lutchman, including relatives, have described him as a panhandler with mental problems.

Lutchman appeared in federal court Friday morning. His next court appearance is Feb. 11.

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