Inmate charged with threatening to kill the President

BRIDGEWATER, MA (WHDH) - An inmate at Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater was charged Monday with threatening to kill the President of the United States.

Alex Hernandez, 31 of Worcester, was charged in US District Court in Boston with two counts of threatening to kill and inflict bodily harm upon the President.

According to US Attorney, in March 2015 agents learned Hernandez told another inmate he was upset about the way his people were treated, wanted to become a mujahedeen, had the ability to obtain weapons upon release from prison and wanted to kill the President in a lone-wolf attack.

Hernandez also allegedly expressed an interest in obtaining false travel documents so he could flee the country after the attack.

Hernanez wrote two letters to an undercover agent posing as an embassy contact who could assist Hernandez with obtaining false travel documents. In the second letter, he wrote, “I am writing to you now to ask that you come see me.  I am a brother in faith, a martyr; and as a martyr I wish to fulfill Allah’s wishes and not to live among infidels.  The mujahedeen movement is hard but pure.  I need your help and I hope to meet you in person.”

In meetings with the undercover agent, Hernandez allegedly said he wanted to learn how to shoot like a sniper and that he had a contact in Florida that had a firearm ready for him.

He also allegedly said he was studying to learn how to make explosives that could be placed around government buildings to “create chaos.”

During a second meeting with the agent, Hernandez also allegedly discussed his motivation for the planned attacks, telling the agent his brothers are “fighting to uphold the laws and structure of the caliphate in the Middle East” and that “this government . . . is painting it like they are the bad guys[.]”  Hernandez also allegedly explained that he wanted to target the President because “he’s the one that gives the orders[.]”

Court documents also allege searches of Hernandez’s jail cell revealed several items of concern, such as a document listing the former US Presidents and containing the handwritten note “kill” underneath tall the US Presidents that have been assassinated while in office, and images of Sept. 11, 2011 attacks, Osama Bin Laden and members of ISIS.

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