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Feds: Man in terror support case threatened to behead mom

  • In this courtroom drawing, Elvis Redzepagic, left, appears before Magistrate Judge Robert Levy, right, Saturday, March 4, 2017 in New York, during his arraignment on charges that he attempted to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Prosecutors say the New York man repeatedly traveled to the Middle East to try to join the Islamic State or al-Nusra Front extremist groups and told authorities he'd been prepared to sacrifice himself for jihad. In the center is federal defender Mildred Whalen. (Elizabeth Williams via AP)

    In this courtroom drawing, Elvis Redzepagic, left, appears before Magistrate Judge Robert Levy, right, Saturday, March 4, 2017 in New York, during his arraignment on charges that he attempted to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Prosecutors say the New York man repeatedly traveled to the Middle East to try to join the Islamic State or al-Nusra Front extremist groups and told authorities he'd been prepared to sacrifice himself for jihad. In the center is federal defender Mildred Whalen. (Elizabeth Williams via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this courtroom drawing, Elvis Redzepagic, left, appears before Magistrate Judge Robert Levy, right, Saturday, March 4, 2017 in New York, during his arraignment on charges that he attempted to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Prosecutors say the New York man repeatedly traveled to the Middle East to try to join the Islamic State or al-Nusra Front extremist groups and told authorities he'd been prepared to sacrifice himself for jihad. In the center is federal defender Mildred Whalen. (Elizabeth Williams via AP)

    In this courtroom drawing, Elvis Redzepagic, left, appears before Magistrate Judge Robert Levy, right, Saturday, March 4, 2017 in New York, during his arraignment on charges that he attempted to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Prosecutors say the New York man repeatedly traveled to the Middle East to try to join the Islamic State or al-Nusra Front extremist groups and told authorities he'd been prepared to sacrifice himself for jihad. In the center is federal defender Mildred Whalen. (Elizabeth Williams via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Prosecutors say a man accused of trying to join militant Islamic extremists in Syria was removed from his home in New York City's suburbs last week after he tried to cut off his own tattoos with a knife and threatened to behead his mother.

The allegation was included in documents prosecutors submitted to a federal judge Monday opposing bail for 26-year-old Elvis Redzepagic.

Redzepagic was charged Saturday with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. A lawyer says he has cooperated with law enforcement and needs counseling.

A bail hearing was scheduled later Monday.

Additional details on Redzepagic's encounter with police last week at his home in Commack were not immediately available.

Prosecutors say Redzepagic is originally from Montenegro, in the Balkans.