WATERLOO – A Waterloo man said he is more careful about his extremist leanings than his Illinois brother, who has been charged with trying to help ISIS, according to a conversation intercepted by federal investigators.
“I have the same opinions he does. ... Some brothers feel like they are, they just wanna go right the fighting right away and stuff like that. I’m a little wiser, like OK, hell I’ll kill ya, like you and your whole (expletive deleted) household, but I’m just not gonna be all you know unwise about it. I’m going to take the appropriate approach and make sure my ass is covered,” Wayne Jonathan Jones II, also known as Wayne Jones Jr., is quoted as telling a relative July 23, 2017, in court records.
Jones was detained at his Western Avenue home in Waterloo on April 12 in a search that coincided with an FBI raid on his brother’s Zion, Ill., home.
The brother, Joseph D. “Yusuf Abdulahad” Jones, and another man were charged in federal court in Illinois with providing material support to a terrorist organization for allegedly passing along cell phones they thought were going to be used to detonate Islamic State bombs in Syria.
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Wayne Jones, 38, was only indicted on charges alleging he possessed a handgun as a person barred from having firearms because of a prior conviction and marijuana use.
Federal prosecutors are seeking an enhanced sentence and additional conditions during the supervised release period following prison based on several factors, including what they said is Wayne Jones’ allege support for terrorism. The government is asking for conditions pertaining to his use of social media and encrypted communications and limiting contact with people associated with foreign terrorist organizations and people located outside the United States.
Jones’ attorney is asking the court for leniency, noting Jones, a father of four, has worked with youths for 10 years, helping with an athletics and mentoring group for young people. He has also been active in the Islamic Foundation of Iowa and Islamic Cemetery Association.
In Jones’ phone, investigators found a photo of an unidentified person with a head scarf covering his face next to an ISIS flag and a picture of and quote from al-Quida recruiter Anwar Al-Awlaki, a United States citizen of Yemeni descent who was killed in a September 2011 drone strike.
While in a Wisconsin jail following his April arrest, Jones allegedly talked with relatives about his brother, and mentioned the need to transcribe his brother’s letters in another hand because he didn’t “want these people to even know I’m talking to my brother right now or even think I’m communicating with him.” He also discussed using communications that can’t be wiretapped.
In the July conversation with his relative, Jones was asked about what would happen if the brother in Illinois gets out and “starts doing it again.”
Jones replied if that was the case, his brother would be smarter about it.
“We are of like mind, but our approach is just different. So, there’s nothing wrong with that. I’m not even like upset or angry with my brother for any of this either. ... I understand what he was doing, you know, or why he felt like he was doing what he was doing. But dealing with some people you just can’t trust, you know what I’m saying, and that’s exactly what happened. He was dealing with a criminal informant for the FBI and he didn’t know it,” Jones said.
Police had discovered a 9 mm Kel-Tec pistol in Jones’ home, but they had noticed photos of two other guns on his phone. Other phone photos show children posing with guns.
Prosecutors also allege Jones once fired a handgun out of the back door of his apartment building and on one occasion attempted to have a relative buy a shotgun for him at Dick’s Sporting Goods in November 2016. The relative became confused about which weapon Jones wanted and went outside to get him. After Jones came into the store to point out the gun, store staff nixed the sale because they weren’t comfortable, records state.
Jones also attempted to buy a gun from Walmart in 2012 but was turned down after a background check showed he was prohibited, court records state.
He eventually bought a gun from an acquaintance and purchased 9 mm ammunition at a gun show in February 2017 and bought ammunition from Walmart on April 1, 2017, records state.