Syrian national living in Fishers facing charges


United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced July 18 that a Syrian national living in Fishers faces federal charges of unlawfully purchasing and possessing firearms. The Syrian national, Majd Al Helwani, was indicted July 18 and also faces charges for lying on federal forms when attempting to purchase another firearm.

Aggressively prosecuting individuals who are not lawfully permitted to purchase or possess firearms is a cornerstone of a safe society,” Minkler stated in a press release from the Dept. of Justice. “We are grateful to the collaborative partners who brought this to our attention and encourage all citizens to adhere to the campaign: If you see something, say something.”

Al Helwani was in possession of at least one AR-15, .223 caliber rifle, a Sabal Arms .223 caliber rifle, and he answered the door armed with a loaded 9-millimiter handgun when agents arrived at his home to execute the warrant. Since Al Helwani was admitted to into the U.S. as a non-immigrant tourist and was prohibited from possessing firearms. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.