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Long Island man who wanted to join ISIS and 'die for Allah' threatened to behead his mother, prosecutors say

Long Island man who wanted to join ISIS and 'die for Allah' threatened to behead his mother, prosecutors say


A smalltime Long Island crook who wanted to “strap a bomb on” and sacrifice himself for jihad recently threatened to cut his own mother’s head off, according to prosecutors. Elvis Redzepagic was ordered held without bail on Monday after a Brooklyn judge had slammed him with charges of attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State. Redzepagic’s attorney argued her client should be granted bail to undergo psychiatric evaluation, adding that he needs “counseling and support, not imprisonment.” But federal prosecutors sternly disputed the argument and painted a ghastly picture of the alleged extremist. “Just last week, the defendant was removed from his home after attempting to cut his tattoos off with a knife and threatening to behead his mother,” prosecutors wrote in a memorandum on Monday. Long Island man accused of trying to join ISIS in Syria twice Cops nabbed Redzepagic, 26, at his family home in Commack on Friday after intercepting a number of his ISIS-praising Facebook messages. He apparently told one of the arresting officers, “I really feel like stabbing you right now,” prosecutors said. Police had kept an eye on Redzepagic since he was busted for pot possession on Feb. 2 in Suffolk County. During interrogation, Redzepagic had apparently told officials that his cousin was an ISIS commander in Syria. Redzepagic traveled to Turkey in 2015 hoping to get to Syria, but couldn’t find a way into the war-ravaged country. He tried again in August 2016, but was deported after Jordanian authorities caught him trying to sneak across the border, officials said. After his arrest on Friday, Redzepagic told authorities that a trip to Montenegro, in the Balkans, made him want to become a martyr and “die for the sake of Allah." But Redzepagic’s life was far from pristine despite his radicalized devotion. He has been arrested six times in the city on a variety of charges including drug possession and robbery, and was cuffed again last week for jumping a turnstile in Midtown. His social media profiles feature numerous photos of weed and stacks of cash. “This kid’s not normal,” Redzepagic’s uncle, Ricky Redzepagic, told the Daily News on Sunday. “He never works. He does drugs.”