No bond for Hillside teen charged in bombing attempt
BY KIM JANSSEN Staff Reporter September 20, 2012 4:20PM
In this courtroom sketch, 18-year-old Adel Daoud, appears before Federal Court Judge Arlander Keys, Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, in Chicago. Daud made an initial appearance in court on charges he sought to detonate what he believed to be a car bomb outside a Chicago bar last Friday night. A court affidavit says Daoud was active in jihadist Internet forums. (AP Photo/Tom Gianni)
Updated: October 22, 2012 6:24AM
A federal judge Thursday refused to free an alleged teenage terrorist on bond, saying he poses too great a danger to the community.
Adel Daoud, 18, of west suburban Hillside, has been locked up since last Friday, when prosecutors allege he tried to blow up a downtown Chicago bar as part of a radical jihadi plot.
Now indicted on charges of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to damage a building by means of an explosive, he’ll spend at least another week at the Kankakee County Jail after U.S. Magistrate Arlander Keys said evidence shows that Daoud had a “strong desire to kill Americans” and that “the more he could kill the better.
“There is no indication that his views have changed” in the six days since his arrest, Keys added, ordering Daoud remain in custody.
Daoud’s attorney, Thomas Durkin, had ridiculed the government’s case against Daoud in an attempt to win his freedom, describing it as “entrapment.” The car bomb Daoud is accused of trying to detonate was a fake, built by the FBI, and Durkin said that “this 18-year-old kid is not going to go blow anything up if the FBI doesn’t provide him with the means.”
He urged Keys to place Daoud under house arrest, with electronic monitoring and other conditions including giving up his passport, as the court’s own pre-trial services had recommended.
But assistant U.S. Attorney William Ridgeway said that Daoud had intended to destroy “half a city block” with what he thought was a real bomb, adding that even without a bomb the “resourceful” Daoud could find other means to kill if released, such as driving a car into a crowd.
Keys agreed, saying that there was “no condition or combination of conditions that could reasonably assure the court that [Daoud] did not pose a danger to the community.”
Speaking outside court, Durkin said that it was a small victory that Daoud has been moved from solitary confinement at the downtown Metropolitan Correctional Center — where terror suspects are typically held — to Kankakee.
The case is likely to hinge on whether Daoud was “predisposed” towards a terrorist act before he met the undercover FBI agent who he allegedly plotted the bombing with, he said.
Though authorities haven’t identified the bar allegedly targeted by Daoud, the co-owner of Cal’s at 400 S. Wells said over the weekend that he believes it was his bar and the neighboring Cactus bar that were the targets of the alleged plot.