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Edgewater Man Arrested After Planting Fake Bomb Near Bryn Mawr Red Line Station

James Clark | CPD

An Edgewater resident has been arrested by Chicago Police after he was identified as the person of interest that planted a fake pipe bomb near the Bryn Mawr red line station. The incident required a large police presence and long CTA delays.

With no previous criminal background, 57-year-old James Clark of the 5600 block of N. Winthrop now faces felony charges and was ordered held in lieu of $50k during court on Sunday. Judge Susana Ortiz added that if Clark posts a $5,000 deposit bond, he must wear an electronic monitoring device and not be in possession of any materials used for making explosives.

The incident started on May 8 around 11 a.m. at 1120 W Bryn Mawr when a person flagged down police after discovering a possible bomb at a bus stop. The object which was was wrapped in duct tape with plastic caps at each end also had a wick sticking out of it.

Authorities quickly sealed off the area and CTA traffic was stopped or rerouted. After a bomb squad came in and ignited the object, it was determined to be a fake.

During their investigation, Police were able to locate video of a suspect carrying a distinctive backpack leaving the device at the bus stop about nine hours earlier. Additional surveillance camera footage was located and showed the suspect on the 5600 block of N. Winthrop as well.

Police began to circulate the suspect’s image over the weekend at the Bryn Mawr station. That is when a resident identified the person as a neighbor at an apartment complex on the 5600 block of N. Winthrop. Police later went to the building and spoke with its manager who identified the man in the photo as Clark.

After Clark turned himself in last Friday, Police were able to execute a search warrant of his apartment. That is when they found the same materials used to make the fake device as well as the backpack and clothing he wore the morning of the crime.

Clark is charged with felony false threat of terrorism and face significant jail time if convicted.

Hat Tip: CWBChicago.com


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