A Lombard man was charged Monday with possession of an incendiary device and attempted terrorism, for allegedly approaching numerous city-owned squad cars armed with a Molotov cocktail, lighters and a bat.
Christian Frazee, 25, of the 900 block of South Lombard Avenue, appeared in DuPage County Bond Court where Judge Paul Marchese set bond at $1 million.
Lombard Police at about 12:27 a.m. observed a man dressed in all black wearing a hood, face covering and latex gloves walking near the Lombard Village Hall and then in the direction of the of Lombard municipal campus with a bat hanging from his bag, according to a DuPage County State's Attorney's Office news release.
The man, later identified as Frazee, was walking toward the squad cars and employee vehicles holding a lighter in his left hand and a Molotov cocktail in his right hand. Frazee also had a butane torch lighter and seven additional lighters in his possession. He was taken into custody at this time, according to the release.
“The arrest of Mr. Frazee sends the message that in DuPage County we will not tolerate any attempt to utilize the legitimate protests currently occurring as a cover to commit any type of criminal behavior,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in the release. “Fortunately, the alert and quick actions of the Lombard Police Department stopped the potential loss of property and possible loss of human life. Make no mistake, through the cooperative efforts of all our law enforcement agencies, anyone who attempts to conduct themselves in such a manner will be caught, arrested and prosecuted to the absolute fullest extent of the law.”
“I am very proud of the swift and coordinated response of our police officers,” Lombard Chief of Police Roy Newton said in the release. “Their quick thinking and action thwarted this criminal activity and prevented the situation from escalating. We believe this to be an isolated incident where a local individual was acting alone, not part of any broader group or organization.”
Frazee’s next court date is scheduled for June 29 for arraignment.