Disturbing - Times Two
- A 19-year-old Jordanian citizen was arrested this afternoon as he attempted to destroy an iconic downtown Dallas skyscraper with a car bomb, federal officials said.
Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, 19, was arrested by FBI agents near the Fountain Place building at 1445 Ross Avenue. The FBI said he placed an inactive car bomb by the location.
- A Downstate man has been arrested on terrorism-related charges for an alleged scheme this week to blow up the federal courthouse in the state capital, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.
Acting U.S. Attorney Jeffrey B. Lang said that Michael C. Finton, of Downstate Decatur, who also uses the name “Talib Islam,” was arrested on charges of attempted murder of federal employees and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.
- On Wednesday, Finton allegedly drove that vehicle — containing explosives he didn’t know were inactive — and parked it directly in front of the federal building, got out of the van and joined the undercover agent a few blocks away in another vehicle, where Finton attempted to detonate the explosives with a cell phone.