Documents: Hephzibah woman charged with helping ISIS once attempted to recruit 14-year-old to terror group

Thursday, March 14, 2019
News 12 at 6 O’Clock

We're getting our first look at the mugshot of Kim Ahn Vo, who is accused of providing cyber support to ISIS.

RICHMOND COUNTY, GA (WRDW/WAGT) – Since her arrest, 20-year-old Kim Vo has sat in a Lincoln County jail cell on charges of providing digital aid to ISIS.

On Thursday, Vo was moved somewhere else.

But we’re steadily learning more about the kill lists she’s accused of helping cultivate. Videos containing that list show threatening language, including the ominous threat that, “We continue to wage war against you.”

Court documents filed against Vo say she was still a student at Hephzibah High School when she allegedly began working with ISIS.
That doesn’t ease the minds of her neighbors, who are now in fear they could be targeted.

“I just found that out,” one neighbor, who only wanted to be identified as Mrs. Johnson, said. “I’m like shaking because it’s scary.”

Johnson said she used to see Vo running down her street all the time.
“She seemed like such a sweet girl,” Johnson said.

The complaints against Vo say she went by an alias online. The FBI said she was part of a hacking group that pledged allegiance to ISIS, stole personal information from private and public computer systems, and even recruited a 14-year-old boy.

“She had her whole like ahead of her,” Johnson said. “Now, it’s not going to be like she thought it was.”

Johnson is not the only neighbor who talked to Vo. Rodney Pennington, a veteran who lives down the street, did as well.

“That’s scary enough knowing that it’s getting this close to home,” Pennington said.

Pennington has only one message for those working with ISIS.

“Stay in your lane and leave us alone because we will fight back and that’s just the American way,” Pennington said.

But the strangest twist in this homegrown terror plot is Vo’s attempt to contact the FBI three times to interview with them, documents say.

Those same documents say she was also nominated to be a leader within ISIS, but she declined.

Vo could face up to 20 years in prison.