Sep 20 2010
The FBI identifies the man as Sami Samir Hassoun, 22, a Lebanese citizen and a permanent resident of the United States.
Chicago Breaking News A Northwest Side man has been charged with plotting to bomb a strip of crowded Wrigleyville night spots around the time people were leaving a Dave Matthews concert at the ballpark over the weekend.
Sami Samir Hassoun, 22, of the 4700 block of North Kedzie Avenue, was arrested as he placed a backpack containing what he thought were high-explosives in a trash can in front of Sluggers on Clark Street, about a block south of Wrigley Field, according to the FBI. (Read the federal complaint HERE.)
Houssoun had also discussed other violent plots in Chicago, including a biological attack on the city, poisoning Lake Michigan, attacking police officers, bombing the Willis Tower and assassinating Mayor Richard Daley, the FBI said.
But he is so far charged only with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and attempted use of an explosive device in connection with attempted bombing near Wrigley Field. The FBI said there was no indication any foreign or domestic terror group was connected to the plot. (Isn’t that what they ALWAYS say until they find there is)
Hassoun, who is a Lebanese citizen and a permanent resident alien, told an “associate” in June that he wanted to commit acts of violence to make money and cause “political transformation in Chicago,” the FBI said.
Unknown to Hassoun, his associate was secretly cooperating with the FBI, the agency said.
Throughout the summer, he allegedly discussed with the associate the violent plots, but eventually selected the Wrigleyville area as his target, “utilizing an explosive device which he would detonate on a weekend night to inflict maximum damage,” the FBI stated.
In July, the associate introduced Hassoun to an undercover federal agent who claimed he was from California and had access to explosives. While meeting with the agent, Hassoun discussed several plots and scenarios that would make a dramatic impact on Chicago and force Daley to resign, the FBI stated.
Hassoun eventually settled on a bombing outside a strip of Wrigleyville bars and nightclubs, the FBI said.