Alexander Ciccolo was taken into custody on gun charges

By Sheila Cosgrove Baylis
Updated July 13, 2015 05:15 PM
Credit: The Napanee Beaver

The FBI has made an arrest in connection with an alleged domestic terrorist plot – and the accused is the son of a well-respected Boston Police captain.

Alexander Ciccolo was arrested July 4 in Massachusetts for illegal possession of firearms after purchasing two pistols and two rifles from an undercover FBI informant who was working with the Western Massachusetts Joint Terrorism Task Force, the FBI confirmed to PEOPLE. Ciccolo is prohibited from buying firearms due to a previous conviction.

Ciccolo, 23, who also goes by the name Ali Al Amriki, is the son of Boston police Capt. Robert Ciccolo, according to CBS News.

Robert Ciccolo, who was one of the policemen to respond to the Boston Marathon bombing, warned authorities about a year ago, saying his estranged son “was going off the deep end” and “spouting extremist jihadist sympathies,” ABC News reports.

An FBI affidavit alleges the younger Ciccolo “is a supporter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a designated foreign terrorist organization.”

The affidavit also says Ciccolo was recorded discussing plans to set off an explosive device in a busy public area, and describes the makeshift bomb as a pressure cooker filled with black powder, nails, ball bearings and glass.

During a search of his apartment after his arrest, agents found partially made Molotov cocktails, which contained what appeared to be shredded Styrofoam soaking in motor oil. “Ciccolo had previously stated that this mixture would cause the fire from the exploded devices to stick to people’s skin and make it harder to put the fire out,” according to a statement by the Department of Justice.

Ciccolo’s next hearing has been scheduled for July 14 at 3:30 p.m. at the U.S. District Court in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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