A former Sugar Land, Texas, resident has been arrested and detained for
attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and
al-Sham (ISIS), announced Assistant Attorney General for National
Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick and Special Agent
in Charge Perrye K. Turner of the FBI’s Houston Field Office.
A federal grand jury returned a sealed indictment against Warren
Christopher Clark, 34, on Jan. 23, 2019. It was unsealed today following
his initial appearance in federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge
Peter Bray in Houston.
Clark was captured in Syria by the Syrian Democratic Forces,
transferred to U.S. law enforcement custody this week and arrived
yesterday in the Southern District of Texas.
"The arm of American Justice has a lengthy reach,” said Patrick. “The
number one priority of the Southern District of Texas, along with the
FBI and our other national security partners, is to keep America safe.
The protection of life is the most sacred job law enforcement has."
Clark is charged with attempting to provide himself as material
support to ISIS, which the Secretary of State designated as a foreign
terrorist organization pursuant to Section 219 of the Immigration and
“The FBI continues to aggressively pursue individuals who attempt to
join the ranks of ISIS’s foreign fighters or try to provide support for
other terrorist organizations. This fight against terrorism is not one
we can combat alone,” said Turner. “The FBI relies on our domestic
counterparts and foreign law enforcement agencies, as well as the
public. Anyone who has information about individuals who have traveled
or are planning to travel overseas to support terrorist groups should
report it immediately to their local FBI office.”
The charged material support violation carries a possible penalty of
up to 20 years in federal prison and a maximum $250,000 fine, upon
The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and police departments in Houston
and Sugar Land conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys
Stephen Mark McIntyre and Craig M. Feazel and Trial Attorney Michael J.
Dittoe of the Justice Department’s Counterterrorism Section are
prosecuting the case.
An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not
evidence. A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due
process of law.