A Maryland man was charged with stealing a U-Haul van to carry out an attack inspired by the 2016 truck attack in Nice, France.
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland announced Monday it had charged Rondell Henry, 28, with interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle for allegedly stealing a U-Haul vehicle last month.
The government also filed a motion calling for Henry to be detained pending trial as a flight risk and a danger to the community, noting Henry said he was inspired by the Islamic State terror organization to carry out the attack.
"We continue to gather evidence, as well as review evidence already obtained as part of this ongoing investigation," U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hurr said.
Henry is set to appear in court for a detention hearing on Tuesday.
On March 26, Alexandria Police Department was alerted about a leased U-Haul vehicle that was stolen from a parking garage at a mall in Alexandria, Va.
The driver was being followed by a blue BMW, which records later revealed was registered to Henry, and when police arrived at the garage they found the BMW near where the U-Haul was stolen.