Man faces terrorism charges in Molotov cocktail plot
7:59 a.m. CDT, May 20, 2012
A Northwest Side man has been charged with terrorism and making a false threat, accused of planning to make a Molotov cocktail to be used during the NATO summit.
Sebastian Senakiewicz, 24, of the 3600 block of North Odell Avenue, is the fourth person to be hit with terrorism-related charges this week, but police would not say whether he is connected to three people arrested in a Bridgeport raid earlier this week.
Senakiewicz was arrested Thursday afternoon without incident at his home, according to a police report. He was charged Saturday afternoon.
Senakiewicz “had been planning/conspiring with more than two other individuals in the building of explosives, including molotov cocktails which were to be used/detonated during the NATO summit,” according to the report.
On Wednesday, three out-of-state men were arrested in a Bridgeport apartment raid and accused of plotting to hit President Obama‘s campaign headquarters, Mayor Rahm Emanuel‘s house and police stations with Molotov cocktails, according to court documents.
The trio — Brian Church, 20, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Jared Chase, 24, of Keene, N.H., and Brent Vincent Betterly, 24, of Oakland Park, Fla. — were charged with conspiracy to commit terrorism, providing material support for terrorism and possession of an explosive or incendiary device.
They are the first people to ever be charged with violating the state’s anti-terror statutes, which were enacted after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, authorities said.
Their arrests were the result of an investigation since early May into a group suspected of making Molotov cocktails — crude bombs usually created by filling glass beer bottles with gasoline, according to court records.
Senakiewicz was arrested a day later, but police would not say if he was connected to the three.
Senakiewicz has a minor criminal record, according to court documents. In September of 2008, he pleaded guilty to underage drinking, a misdemeanor, and paid a $370 fine and was sentenced to four months of court supervision, which he completed.
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