A Chicago-area teen arrested after allegedly trying to detonate a phony bomb outside a bar in the city’s downtown later sought to arrange the assassination of an FBI agent who was part of the sting, U.S. prosecutors said.
Adel Daoud, 19, of Hillside, Illinois, is charged with soliciting the murder of a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, murder-for-hire and obstruction of justice, according to a statement issued yesterday by acting Chicago U.S. Attorney Gary S. Shapiro.
The plot to kill the agent followed Daoud’s Sept. 14, 2012, arrest in the purported bomb attempt, according to prosecutors. He has been in federal custody since then. An indictment on the murder-plot charges was returned yesterday by a federal grand jury.
The agent allegedly targeted by Daoud, identified only as “Individual A,” posed in last year’s sting operation as a terrorist living in New York who could provide the teen with an explosive device, according to the indictment.
“After he was arrested, Daoud learned that Individual A was an FBI agent,” prosecutors said. “Between Oct. 26 and Nov. 29, 2012, Daoud allegedly solicited another person to use physical force to murder or attempt to murder the undercover agent.”
Daoud attempted to kill the agent to keep him from testifying in court, according to the indictment.
Daoud’s attorney, Thomas A. Durkin of Chicago, didn’t immediately respond to an e-mailed request for comment on the new charges.
Daoud last year pleaded not guilty to charges of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, which is punishable by as long as life in prison, and with attempting to damage or destroy a building with an explosive.
The solicitation of murder charge is punishable by as long as 20 years in federal prison, while murder for hire carries a maximum sentence of 10 years. The maximum term for obstruction of justice is 30 years.
A trial on those charges is scheduled for April 7.
Federal agents in April arrested another teen, Abdella Ahmad Tounisi, whom they identified as a close friend of Daoud, as he attempted to board a flight from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport bound for Turkey.
Tounisi allegedly had plans to travel on to Syria where he was going to join the al Qaeda ally Jabhat al-Nusrah. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and with lying to federal agents at the airport and remains in U.S. custody.
The original case is U.S. v. Daoud, 12-cr-723, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Chicago). The new case is