WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWBT) - Thursday morning's commute was unnerving for Metro riders after news a Metro police officer, a man sworn to protect and serve, was arrested on terrorism charges.
"Hearing that makes me uncomfortable," said commuter Jeff Black.
Investigators say 36-year-old Nicholas Young bought nearly $250 in gift cards for ISIS to use to buy mobile apps so the terror group could secretly communicate.
His arrest marks the first time in the U.S. that a member of law enforcement has been accused of helping the terror group.
Prosecutors say the Fairfax resident had been on the government's radar for almost a decade.
According to court documents, Metro Police reported Young's suspicious behavior in 2009, and was even interviewed by the FBI in 2010 after his friend pleaded to terrorism charges.
In the years following and all while under surveillance, prosecutors say Young spoke several times with people he thought were ISIS fighters, but were really FBI informants.
Young was fired from Metro police after his arrest Wednesday, but several members of Congress want to know why he was allowed to keep working during the investigation.
Officials say there was never any threat to Washington's transport system, and that Young was not planning an attack at home.
Metro riders say the arrest is just one more reason to remain vigilant.
"If you see something, say something. Do all the things you're supposed to do, and continue on. We can't let them make us live in fear," said Black.
If convicted of the charges against him, Young faces up to 20 years in prison.
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