Amor M. Ftouhi, 50, of Montreal, Canada, who was previously indicted in July 2017 for charges relating to an attack on a Bishop Airport officer in Flint, Mich., was charged Wenesday with an additional offense of committing an act of terrorism transcending national boundaries.
According to court records, Ftouhi entered the United States from Canada for the purpose of killing government personnel in the United States. Before entering the United States on June 16, 2017, while in Canada, Ftouhi conducted online research of American gun laws and for gun shows in Michigan. Ftouhi subsequently traveled to Michigan where he was unsuccessful in purchasing a gun and purchased a knife instead. On June 20, 2017, Ftouhi walked up to the victim, who is a lieutenant with the Bishop Airport Authority and was in full uniform, and stabbed the police officer in the neck with a knife. Ftouhi referenced killings in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, and yelled “Allahu Akbar.” After his arrest, Ftouhi told law enforcement that he was a “soldier of Allah” and subscribed to the ideology of al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.
Ftouhi will be arraigned on the new indictment in federal court in Flint. He faces a statutory maximum sentence of life in prison.