A 22-year-old man who has ties to Chicago was arrested in Streamwood today and charged with threatening to blow up a shopping mall in Davenport, Iowa, the FBI said.
Adylbek Kozubaev was charged with one count of making a bomb threat yesterday in a sealed criminal complaint filed at the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Iowa, the FBI said in a news release.
Kozubaev placed several calls to the business office of the Northpark Mall in Davenport on Wednesday, and in two of the calls he said he was going to blow the mall up, according to the criminal complaint, which was unsealed upon his arrest.
Kozubaev first called the mall on a cell phone to speak with someone about leasing a cart for the holiday season. He identified himself as Adylbek and was told the rental would cost $3,500 per cart for the months of November and December, the complaint said.
He then called several times afterward with the same number to negotiate the price with two different representatives of the mall.
About 2:45 p.m. on Aug. 29, a man called who had the same voice as the previous gentleman who called, but the call came up "private" on the mall caller ID, the complaint said.
The person on the line identified himself as Adylbek and said, "you need to clear out the mall in 10 minutes or it is going to blow,” according to the complaint. The caller then hung up.
Less than 15 minutes later, the representative got another private call and the man said he was angry and "very (expletive) serious," and again stated everyone needed to get out of the mall or it was going to blow, according to authorities.
The representative asked the man if he wanted to speak to the manager and he said, “no, get the (expletive) out or it was going to blow,” according to the complaint.
Kozubaev, whose permanent address is unknown but who has ties to Chicago and Janesville, Wis., was taken into custody today in Streamwood by the FBI with help from Cook County sheriff's police and Streamwood police, the FBI said. Additional details of the arrest were not released.
Kozubaev appeared this afternoon in U.S. District Court in Chicago before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sidney Schenkier, and he was ordered held until his next court appearance scheduled for Wednesday at 12:15 p.m.