Nguyen was arrested in October 2013 after boarding a Mexico-bound bus in Santa Ana. Authorities said the bus trip was part of his plan to travel from his home in Garden Grove to Pakistan and to reemerge as Hasan Abu Omar Ghannoum. Nguyen planned to train about 30 Al Qaeda fighters for a December attack, authorities said.
Beginning in August 2013, Nguyen met with a man he thought was an Al Qaeda recruiter but who was actually working with the
Nguyen then made plans to travel to Pakistan with a fake passport so he could spend five or six weeks training fighters for a "guerrilla warfare ambush attack on Coalition forces," the document said.
When Nguyen was arrested at the bus station, authorities said he had the passport, Syrian currency and a computer hard drive with more than 180 training videos related to shooting firearms.