UPDATE Jan. 8, 2016 American River College confirmed the man arrested yesterday in relation to terrorist activities, Aws M. Al-Jayab, is a student enrolled in classes. He's attended ARC since fall of 2015 and is majoring in computer science.
Federal authorities have arrested a 23-year-old Sacramento man who they say traveled overseas to fight alongside terrorist organizations in Syria. The arrest was announced Thursday afternoon.
Authorities identified the man as Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab. They said he traveled to Syria in late 2013 and early 2014.
He is accused of concealing his activity during interviews with federal immigration officials upon his return to the United States.
“While he represented a potential safety threat, there is no indication that he planned any acts of terrorism in this country,” said U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner of the Eastern District of California, in a news release.
If convicted, Al-Jayab faces a maximum statutory penalty of eight years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
He is scheduled to make an initial federal court appearance in Sacramento on Friday.