AUSTIN (KXAN) – The Central Texas men arrested Tuesday on charges he provided material support to terrorists will have to wait longer to see a judge after both of their initial appearances were waived Friday morning.
Rahatul Khan and Michael Wolfe were expected to face US Magistrate Judge Mark Lane who would determine whether or not the men will be given the option to bond out of jail. Wolfe waived his right to a detention hearing and will remain in custody until his next scheduled court date.
Kahn’s hearing was reset and rescheduled for June 30. The next date has not been set for Wolfe.
Both men were indicted by a Federal Grand Jury on Wednesday.
Khan was arrested at his Round Rock home. Authorities say he conspired with others to recruit people who would “travel overseas to support terrorist activities including committing violent jihad.”
The charges accuse Khan of connecting a confidential FBI source with co-conspirators who eventually discussed the secret source’s “passport and possible routes to move [the source] into Somalia to join al-Shabaab, an Al-Qaeda-affiliated , [terrorist organization].”
The documents also say the FBI source met with Khan in Austin, in an unrecorded meeting. Investigators believe Khan said that “he could not wait to spill blood. Khan said that he was actively searching for recruits for [a conspirator] and he was the only person he knew of doing this.”
Wolfe was arrested as he prepared to board a flight out of the country where federal documents say he was preparing to join the Jihad in Syria.
According to the federal criminal complaint, Wolfe told an undercover investigator that he was doing “Cross-Fit” to physically prepare for jihad.
Wolfe and the undercover agent began communicating in late 2013. Court documents detail their conversations as well as Wolfe’s plans to fly his family from Texas to Denmark under the guise of attending a concert.
Both men have ties to Round Rock ISD; Khan graduated from McNeil High School and Wolfe attended Round Rock High School as a freshman. Federal documents show Khan was a student at the University of Texas.