Police in Rochester arrested men allegedly plotting an assault on Islamberg

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A Muslim community just east of Binghamton is once again the target of a conspiracy to attack its residents.

Police in the Rochester suburb of Greece have arrested 3 men they say were plotting an assault on Islamberg in the Delaware County Town of Hancock.

18-year-old Andrew Crysel of East Rochester, 19-year-old Vincent Vetromile of Greece, and 20-year-old Brian Colaneri of Gates are all charged with criminal possession of a weapon and conspiracy. 

Investigators say the trio had made explosive devices using mason jars and duct tape. 

Police say the jars had black powder inside along with projectiles like BBs and nails. 

Three bombs were found at the home of a 16 year-old co-conspirator.

23 firearms were found at other locations connected to the investigation.

Police say the planning had been ongoing for about a month and that they were tipped off by a high school student.

Greece Chief of Police Patrick Phelan says the school kids who initially heard something and said something saved lives. “If this plot went through, which every indication says they were going to, people would have died. I don’t know how many and who, but people would have died. So the kid who initially said something to an adult, saved people’s lives.”

Phelan says the investigation is ongoing and more arrests could be made.

In 2017, a Tennessee man was convicted and sent to prison for planning a similar attack on the Islamberg mosque and school using explosives, snipers and M-4 rifles.
    

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