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Man accused of plotting White House attack had previous run-ins with law enforcement
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Hasher Taheb

The 21-year-old Forsyth County man who was charged Wednesday with plotting to attack federal buildings in Washington D.C. had previously been arrested several times on a variety of charges.

According to documents obtained by the Forsyth County News, Hasher Jallal Taheb was the subject of four prior investigations by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office for alleged family violence, drug and verbal dispute charges in 2014 and 2015.

Most recently, documents state that Taheb was arrested twice in 2015 for multiple charges of criminal trespass and family violence. The reports state that Taheb was taken into custody at his home address on Horseshoe Creek Lane in Cumming on March 10 and April 28, 2015, but authorities said they cannot comment on the circumstances of these arrests because each involves family violence.

Taheb, who attended Forsyth Central High School for two years and graduated in 2015, has now been charged with violating Title 18USC 844(f)(1), an “attempt to damage by means of explosive any building owned, possessed, or leased by the United States.”

He was taken into custody Jan. 17 after meeting two undercover FBI employees at a store in Buford and allegedly attempting to purchase weapons, including semi-automatic firearms, improvised explosive devices, a shoulder-fired anti-armor weapon and hand grenades, allegedly to use in an attack, according to the complaint.

After his arrest, Taheb appeared in U.S. District Court in downtown Atlanta for a first appearance before Magistrate Judge Alan J. Baverman.

On Thursday, FBI Atlanta Public Affairs Specialist Kevin Rowson said that Taheb is being held in federal custody, but would not comment on the specifics of his detention.

Attempts to reach Taheb’s attorney, Vionnette Johnson, or other family representatives for comment, were unsuccessful.
Court records indicate that Taheb is set to appear in district court on Jan. 24, 2019, for a preliminary hearing.