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SoCal Al-Qaida Support Suspect Arrested at Bus Station

The Garden Grove man was arrested Friday morning as he attempted to board a bus for Mexico, the FBI says

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A 24-year-old Southern California man accused of trying to support a worldwide terrorism network fought alongside Syrian rebels. Beverly White reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Oct. 11, 2013. (Published Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013)

A 24-year-old Southern California man pleaded not guilty Friday to accusations he attempted to provide material support to the al-Qaida terror network, the FBI said.

Read: Grand Jury Indictment

Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen, also known as Hasan Abu Omar Ghannoum, was arrested at a bus station Friday morning as he attempted to board a bus to Mexico from a station in the 1000 block of East Santa Ana Boulevard, authorities said.

Brother Defends al-Qaida Support Suspect

[LA] Brother Defends al-Qaida Support Suspect
The younger brother of an Orange County man arrested on suspicion he tried to help the al-Qaida terror network says his brother recently lived in Lebanon and converted to Islam, but never discussed politics or said anything "anti-American." Ted Chen reports from Garden Grove for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Oct. 11, 2013. (Published Friday, Oct. 11, 2013)

Nguyen was named in an indictment handed down Friday morning by a Los Angeles grand jury.

The indictment accused Nguyen of "knowingly attempting to provide material support to al-Qaida." He also faces a charge of making false statements on a passport application. Nguyen, a United States citizen, allegedly lied on the passport  application "in order to facilitate an act of international terrorism."

SoCal Man Accused of Helping Terror Network

[LA] SoCal Man Accused of Helping Terror Network
A 24-year-old man from Orange County faced a judge for the first time Friday, accused of supporting Al-Qaida. The suspect spoke very little at the brief arraignment, and pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. John Cádiz Klemack reports from Santa Ana for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Oct. 11, 2013. (Published Friday, Oct. 11, 2013)

The indictment provided few specifics regarding the accusations. Nguyen appeared in court Friday afternoon where he entered a not guilty plea and was remanded to federal custody, the FBI said.

He is scheduled to appear in court again Oct.18. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 40 years in federal prison.

Nguyen's brother said the 24-year-old suspect was training to be a truck driver and lived with his grandfather in Garden Grove, a home raided by FBI agents who seized, among other items, a cellphone and a computer.

Dinh Nguyen told NBC4 his brother visited Lebanon this past year for several months and converted to Islam, but never discussed politics or said anything anti-American.

The FBI said Sinh Nguyen, a graduate of Bolsa High School, changed his name to Hasan Abu Omar Ghannoum.

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