Sami Samir Hassoun was arrested today after allegedly placing a bag that he thought contained a bomb near Wrigley Field in Chicago. Hassoun was given the fake bomb by a federal agent. Hassoun was charged with attempted use of an explosive device and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.
The Associated Press reports that Hassoun, a 22 year-old Lebanese citizen living in Chicago, talked about bombing a landmark in Chicago, assassinating Mayor Daley, and poisoning Lake Michigan.
“He wanted to transform the city of Chicago, he wanted to make a statement and he wanted to replace the mayor of Chicago,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Robert Grant. “He was unhappy with the way the city was running. He was also unhappy with things that were happening in other parts of world.”
The FBI had been on to Hassoun for the past year. Undercover agents communicated with Hassoun over the past several months, offering funding for various terrorist plots. Yesterday, the undercover agents gave Hassoun a fake explosive. Hassoun planted the fake bomb in a trash can outside of Sluggers, a popular bar steps away from Wrigley Field.
He was arrested shortly after.