Garden Grove man charged with attempting to aid Al-Qaida
SANTA ANA (CNS) – A Garden Grove man was arrested and charged today with attempting to provide support to the al-Qaida terrorist network.
Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen, 24, was arrested around 7:30 a.m. at a Santa Ana bus station, where he was about to board a bus for Mexico, according to the FBI.
Nguyen — also known as Hasan Abu Omar Ghannoum — is charged in a two- count federal indictment with attempting to provide aid to al-Qaida and making false statements on a passport application.
An initial appearance in Santa Ana federal court was scheduled for this afternoon.
Nguyen, a United States citizen, allegedly lied on the passport application “in order to facilitate an act of international terrorism.”
Investigators do not believe Nguyen was traveling with others, nor are they aware of a continuing threat to the public at this time, according to the FBI.