20-year-old Hephzibah woman accused of supporting ISIS

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019
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HEPHZIBAH, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A local Georgia woman was arrested for allegedly conspiring to support ISIS.

20-year-old Kim Anh Vo, who has about six different alias names online, is charged with "conspiring to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization."

Neighbors in Hephzibah say they're surprised but not shocked that this happened in their small town.

The news spread fast and the initial reaction was disbelief.

"ISIS?!?!? Like the combat group?!?!

"Hephzibah? Are you sure???"

But as more details come in from New York, more neighbors are sounding off.

"I don't know about anybody else but I don't feel safe."

"Well, one I think it's un-American."

"I think they need to be punished to the fullest extent of the law."

20-year-old Kim Anh Vo is charged with allegedly conspiring to support ISIS. A release from the Department of Justice says Vo joined a group called the United Cyber Caliphate in 2016. They serve as an online branch of ISIS, carrying out cyber attacks against Americans.

"When you're a citizen of this country and you turn against your country my father fought in the wars, my brother served in the military," said Robbie Silas, a neighbor.

Vo spent time recruiting new members to act against the government, reaching as far as Norway.
Around April 2017, a year after Vo joined, the UCC published a "kill-list" with at least 8,000 peoples' personal information, including military members and state department officials.

"I have a lot of family members, and a lot of friends, who are in the military," said Silas.

Brandon Williams, another neighbor, says the fact that a terrorist could be from down the block in such a small town is frightening.

"The idea of them being over there, fighting for me while someone is over here in the house next door to me telling people to assassinate people, that doesn't sit well on my heart," said Williams.

He says as Augusta and surrounding areas continue to grow people should be mindful.

"With cyber command coming down to Augusta, I think it opens the doorway," said Williams.

News 12 reached out to Vo's attorney earlier this afternoon. We're still waiting to hear back and we are still unsure what she looks like. The case is federal and the Bureau of Prisons has her information.

She was in federal court today and she's being taken back to New York, where she began her alleged criminal activity.