Two Wisconsin men purportedly “tired of living under the infidel’s system” have been arrested for trying to join ISIS. Their intent was to travel through Mexico to Syria.
35-year-old Jason Ludke (left) and 30-year-old Yosvany Padilla-Conde (right) revealed their plans to join the merciless Islamic State organization in multiple emails and Facebook conversations sent to what turned out to be an undercover FBI agent.
In a video that was sent to the agent on October 1st, both men pledged their allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, and said they wanted to reach paradise by fighting for the brutal group.
Mr. Ludke told authorities that the plan was to get passports for Arab countries in Mexico, then travel to Yemen where he and Mr. Padilla-Conde would study Arabic. They would then have traveled to Syria where they would join ISIS.
Ludke was the most insistent on traveling to Syria afterÂ converting to Islam in 2003. He often spoke about wanting to take part in jihad. Padilla-Conde, ironically, told investigators that he’d tried to talk his friend out of the idea, but finally agreed to travel to the volatile country after losing his job and an imminent eviction from his apartment.
They were arrested near San Angelo, Texas as they were on their way to the Mexican border.
Ludke is a registered sex offender after a 2002 conviction for second-degree sexual assault of a child, and was also convicted of sending a death threat to a judge in 2009.
They’re both looking at up to 20 years in prison if convicted.