Online gamer asked to join ISIS

Austin Sherill, 11, said he was asked to "join ISIS" while playing the online game Roblex.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – An Indianapolis family is warning other families of the dangers lurking online.

Austin Sherill,11, was playing the online game online game Roblox when he said one of the gamers named “Pavillion HD” sent him a message asking him to join the ISIS.

“The first actual sentence was “join ISIS”, just that,” Sherill said.

Sherill called in his older brother, Andrew, who began recording the online conversation.

“I automatically just started recording through the site itself and followed him around.” Andrew Deal said.

The two brothers said “Pavillion HD” told them about plans to kill Americans, kill the Pope, and attack France. The boys told their mother,Katrina Haer, who filed a police report with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

“I was actually in my bedroom watching TV and he came running in there saying, ‘Mom! Mom! You need to call the cops!’ I was like, ‘Why?’ and he goes ‘I was on here and this guy’s talking about killing the Pope. He’s talking about recruiting people for there’. I was like, ‘No,’ and then I hesitated. I came out here while they were on it and I was sitting and I said, ‘Show me the guy,’ and then he started talking to him and then we saw ISIS, join ISIS, killing Americans in three weeks. I was like, ‘Okay,’ and so I called the cops,” Haer said.

In March, the Indianapolis Department of Homeland Security and FBI warned people that ISIS was actively recruiting Americans through the internet. Investigators could not confirm if this was an actual ISIS recruiter. If so, homeland security said it would be the first for the area. Also, homeland security said there are no current terror threats in the area at this time. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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