YPSILANTI, Mich. – Court records related to the indictment of an Ypsilanti man for possession of a firearm without a serial number indicate the man may have ties to ISIS.
Yousef Mohammed Ramadan, 28, was charged with possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, which had moved in interstate commerce. The complaint was filed by an agent with the FBI’s counterterrorism team, but Ramadan has not been charged with a terror-related crime.
Ramadan traveled to the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport with his wife and four children Aug. 15, and purchased six tickets departing to Amman, Jordan, later that day, according to court records.
Transportation Security Administration officials said they discovered a rifle scope and mounts, knives, pepper spray, tactical load-bearing vests, a gas mask, two-way radios, a taser with extra cartridges, a pistol holster, ammunition pouches and black masks in Ramadan’s checked luggage prior to his flight to Amman. TSA officials said they also found laptops, external hard drives, SD cards, flash drives, and two phones.
Ruger Mk. II .22 caliber handgun found in a storage unit in Ann Arborn, Michigan during the execution of a search warrant on Wednesday, August 23, 2017.
Ramadan was questioned by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and FBI agents and told them he was leaving the United States with his family to relocate to Bethlehem. CBP officials said they searched Ramadan’s external media drives and found videos of him shooting firearms, photos of pipe bombs and propaganda relating to ISIS.
Ramadan allegedly told authorities it took about an hour to build a pipe bomb. Ramadan informed officers that he had made IEDs in the past for educational purposes while overseas, according to court records.
He claimed to have purchased the items found in his luggage for personal protection, outdoor use and for making videos for his YouTube channels. One of the channels, WB.88Guns, includes several videos of an individual shooting or handling various types of firearms. A Kimber .45 caliber Covert II pistol is shown in a video posted in Dec. 2016 with the video description claiming ownership of the weapon. Michigan state records confirm that a Kimber pistol is currently registered to Ramadan.
Ramadan stated to FBI agents that he currently owns three weapons — two rifles and a Glock pistol that he had placed in self-storage before departing for the airport — but did not acknowledge the Kimber pistol. He then recanted and said he left the firearms with a friend, whose identity he would not disclose, the FBI said.