ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A New York man awaiting trial in Rochester on charges of trying to aid the Islamic State group faces additional charges of assaulting three jail deputies.
The new charges against 31-year-old Mufid Elfgeeh are contained in a federal indictment released Friday. Authorities say he assaulted three deputy sheriffs Nov. 10 at the Monroe County Jail, where he’s being held on charges of trying to provide material support to a terrorist organization.
Elfgeeh is a Sunni Muslim who was born in Yemen and is a naturalized U.S. citizen. He was living in Rochester when he was arrested last year. Investigators say he tried to arrange for three individuals to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group fighters.
The assault counts carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.