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Greece (N.Y.) police arrested Brian Colaneri, from left, Vincent Vetromile and Andrew Crysel and charged each of them with three counts of first-degree criminal possession of a weapon and one count of fourth-degree conspiracy.

3 men, 1 boy charged in plot to attack Muslim community in NY using explosives


ROCHESTER, N.Y. (CIRCA via WHAM) — Three men and a teenage boy have been arrested and charged in Greece for an apparent conspiracy to use improvised explosive devices in a plot against an Islamic community located just outside Binghamton.

Greece (N.Y.) police arrested Brian Colaneri, 20 (left in photo above), Vincent Vetromile, 19 (center in photo above), and Andrew Crysel, 18, and and charged each of them with three counts of first-degree criminal possession of a weapon and one count of fourth-degree conspiracy. Sources confirmed to Circa partner WHAM that a fourth suspect, a 16-year-old boy, was also arrested in connection to the investigation, but is not being named due to his age. The charges against the boy have not yet been made available.

The three men were arrested over the course of a nine-hour period from 4:30 p.m. Saturday through 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

The four people were arrested and charged in Greece, N.Y., which is located outside Rochester. Their alleged plot involved using improvised explosive devices to attack a Muslim community, Islamberg, located near Binghamton.

Court paperwork details the conspiracy between the three men. Each is accused of having multiple IEDs in the shape of medium-to-large-sized cylinders and mason jars wrapped in duct tape. Each of the suspects is charged with "intent to use against ... the persons and property" in Islamberg, Delaware County.

Reports show Islamberg was founded in the 1980s as a place for African-American Muslim families to escape persecution in Brooklyn. Over the past 15-20 years, right-wing media outlets and conservative groups have claimed that the community is a terrorist training camp, citing no evidence for their claims. In 2015, a Tennessee man was arrested for plotting an attack on the same community. Robert Doggart, 65, was tried and convicted on federal charges. He was later sentenced to 19 years in prison; his attorneys have filed an appeal.

All three were arraigned when they were brought into the Greece Police Department. They are all being held in the Monroe County (N.Y.) Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond. They are each scheduled to return to court Wednesday at 11 a.m.


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