>> The FBI announcing Monday the arrest of a man it says plotted an attack on downtown Cleveland, Ohio during the city's Independence Day celebrations.>> He wanted us to be afraid to speak our minds. He also wanted us to be afraid to gather together in public places.>> Demetrius Nathaniel Pitts, also known as Abdur Raheem Rafik, was arrested Sunday morning.
The 48 year old Ohio native is charged with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. That organization? Al Qaeda. Officials describe a heinous plan aimed at 4th of July revelers and even children.>> He looked for locations to park a van that would be packed with explosives.
He talked about taking targets like St. John's Cathedral off the map. And just yesterday he discussed giving remote control cars packed with explosives and shrapnel to the children of our military uniform members.>> Pitts has a long criminal history including assault, domestic violence, and carrying a concealed weapon, according to the FBI.
And agents say, his intent was clear.>> Mr. Pitts is a United States citizen, radicalized in the United States, willing to commit, planning to commit a terrorist attack on the United States.>> When asked about the destruction he would cause, Pitts reportedly told officers, I don't care, and I have no regrets.
Cleveland's 4th of July celebrations will go on as planned.