Cole James Bridges is a white man from Ohio, United States. He was a soldier who took to social media to express his support for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and jihad.
In 2020, Bridges expressed his frustration with the U.S. military and his desire to aid ISIS. Here are 13 more things about him:
- He also goes by Cole Gonzales. (a)
- He lives in Stow, Summit County, Ohio. (a)
- In 2019, he started researching and consuming online propaganda promoting jihadists and their violent ideology. (a)
- In September 2019, he joined the U.S. Army. He was a private assigned as a cavalry scout in the 3rd Infantry Division based in Fort Stewart in Georgia, USA. (a)
- From September 2020 to November 2020, he was deployed with his unit to a U.S. Army base in Germany. (a)
- In October 2020, he started communicating with a person posing as a female ISIS supporter in contact with ISIS fighters in the Middle East. The person was an online covert employee (OCE) of the Federal Bureau Investigation. He later on communicated with another person posing as a male ISIS supporter, who he thought as the OCE’s brother but was actually the same OCE. (a)
- In December 2020, he started giving the OCE instructions for the purported ISIS fighters on how to attack U.S. forces in the Middle East. (a)
- On January 6, 2021, he sent the OCE a video of himself wearing a body armor while standing before a flag often used by ISIS fighters and making a gesture symbolic of support for ISIS.
- On January 12, 2021, he sent the OCE a video, in which he narrates a propaganda speech via a voice manipulator in support of the anticipated ambush by ISIS on U.S. troops. (a)
- FBI special agent Robert Brett Lally filed a criminal complaint against him, which was signed by U.S. Magistrade Judge Ona T. Wang on January 17, 2021. He was charged with attempting to provide material support to ISIS and attempting to murder U.S. military service members. (a)
- On January 19, 2021, FBI agents and U.S. Army Counterintelligence officers arrested him in Georgia. He was 20 years old when he was arrested. He was booked into the Liberty County Jail in Hinesville, Georgia. (a) (b)
- On January 21, 2021, he will make an initial appearance in federal court in Augusta, Georgia. (b)
- If found guilty of attempting to provide material support to ISIS and attempting to murder U.S. military service members, he will spend 20 years in prison. (c)
(This is a developing story. More details are being added.)