Central Texas Man Indicted In Federal Terrorism Case

Rahatul Ashikim Khan (left), and Michael Todd Wolfe (Jail photos)

AUSTIN (June 20, 2014) Rahatul Ashikim Khan, 23, of Round Rock, who attends the University of Texas, has been indicted for conspiring to provide material support to terrorists, federal prosecutors said Friday.

Khan was arrested Tuesday at his home in Round Rock.

He's accused of conspiring with others from March 2011 to January 2012 to recruit people to travel overseas to support terrorist activities including violent jihad, prosecutors said.

Michael Todd Wolfe, 23, of Austin, who was arrested Tuesday at George H.W. Bush International Airport in Houston where he was about to board a flight to Europe, has been indicted for attempting to provide material support to terrorists.

He planned to travel to the Middle East in order “to provide his services to radical groups engaged in armed conflict, in Syria,” prosecutors said.

The indictments were the result of an investigation involving a number of federal, state and local agencies including U.S. Army Intelligence and the Killeen Police Department.

Khan and Wolfe were scheduled for a detention hearing Friday afternoon in Austin, but Khan’s haering was reset for June 30 while Wolfe waived a hearing and will remain in custody.

Khan and Wolfe both entered not guilty pleas.

If convicted they both face prison sentences of as much as 15 years and fines of as much as $250,000.

“This case is the culmination of a long-term investigation by the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force made up of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in Central Texas. It’s a textbook example of how well law enforcement agencies in this area work together,” United States Attorney Robert Pitman said.