DENVER — A Colorado teen was arrested at Denver International, accused of trying to help the terrorist group ISIS. The arrest took place April 8 as she was heading to Turkey.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Shannon Maureen Conley, 19, conspired with others to support a terrorist group called Islamic State in Iraq, also known as ISIS.
Neighbor’s remember Conely as a quiet introvert until six months ago when she started wearing Islamic clothes while coming and going from her parent’s home in Arvada.
“Any time I saw her she was walking with her head down and covered,” said neighbor Brenda Herrera. “I would see her in shorts and then all the sudden she started wearing those clothes maybe six months after they moved here.”
In November of last year Faith Bible Church Pastor George Morrison thought his new parishioner was peculiar.
“When she first showed up it became obvious she stood out just from the apparel she was wearing,” Morrison said. “She was carrying a backpack and had a notepad taking notes at various places and that alerts us right away.”
The church’s security teams don’t know what Conely wanted with the church but they notified the FBI as Conely became more aggressive. “She became a little more hostile , and we said it’s better you don’t come back.” Morrison said.
Between November and April agents met with Conely several times. According to the criminal affidavit filed against her authorities say she freely admitted that she would be “ready to wage Jihad in a year.”
Falling in love with a terrorist
Conley met an individual online known as Y.M., the U.S. Attorney said. Y.M. claimed to be an active member of Al-Qaeda and ISIS. The two decided to become engaged and, with the help of others, arranged for Conley to travel to Syria.
Between Sept. 7, 2013 and April 8, Conley allegedly aided ISIS in providing resources and information.
She faces charges of providing material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization, the FBI said.
She joined the U.S. Army Explorers in September 2013 to learn military tactics and firearms — Conley also attended training in Texas in February.