US Arrests - Series of arrests over alleged militant plots
NAME: US ARRESTS 20090926I TAPE: EF09/0912 IN_TIME: 10:39:35:01 DURATION: 00:02:41:02 SOURCES: AP TELEVISION/Police Handout/ABC DATELINE: Various - 25 Sept 2009 RESTRICTIONS: See Shotlist SHOTLIST ABC - NO ACCESS NORTH AMERICA/INTERNET Arapahoe County, Colorado - 25 September 2009 1. Pan of armed federal agents guarding airport hangar 2. Wide plan of airplane carrying suspect, Najibullah Zazi being towed from hangar 3. Wide of plane taking off ABC - NO ACCESS NORTH AMERICA/INTERNET New York, New York - 25 September 2009 4. Various top shots of motorcade carrying Zazi travelling on roads towards holding facility 5. Various top shots of car carrying Zazi entering holding facility, surrounded by media AP TELEVISION Dallas, Texas - 25 September 2009 6. Wide of Fountain Place tower, which Hosam Maher Husein Smadi allegedly planned to blow up, zoom in 7. Tilt up of tower 8. Richard Anderson, Hosam Maher Husein Smadi's lawyer, speaking to reporters 9. SOUNDBITE (English) Richard Anderson, Hosam Maher Husein Smadi's Lawyer: "We've got a lot of work to do on our behalf to make sure that we understand everything there is that is necessary to defend our case. We have a 19-year-old boy who is scared, who doesn't have any family hardly at all in this country, and we're going...and also has a language, somewhat of a language barrier." 10. Anderson walking surrounded by media POLICE HANDOUT Ellis County, Texas - 11 September 2009 11. Black and white security camera video of Hosam Maher Husein Smadi in back of police car ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS HANDOUT Date and Location Unknown 12. STILL photo of suspect Michael Finton, also known as Talib Islam AP TELEVISION Chicago, Illinois - 25 September 2009 13. SOUNDBITE (English) Charles Tucker, DePaul University College of Law: "I think the bigger concern isn't whether you're leading them on; the bigger concern is what happens if they get away at that point, what happens if they get wind of your investigation, they go underground, then they commit the crime that they were planning to, that's the real concern I have." 14. Wide of Tucker working at desk STORYLINE Prosecutors say a 24-year-old Afghan immigrant now in police custody was on the verge of unleashing an attack in New York City on the anniversary of the September 11 2001 attacks. Najibullah Zazi was stopped by police on September 10 as he entered the city of Denver, Colorado, and federal prosecutors say he dropped his plans for an attack once he realised that law enforcement were aware of his reported plans, prosecutors said. Investigators say Zazi and three associates went from one beauty-supply store to another in a Denver suburb this summer buying chemicals to make explosives. Zazi was flown from Denver to New York on Friday on a US government plane. He is now in custody in Brooklyn, police said and will face charges of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction. Zazi denies the militant charge. He is set to appear for a hearing in Brooklyn on Tuesday. On Friday however, a another man arrested in an unrelated alleged bomb plot in Dallas, Texas appeared in court. The 19-year-old Jordanian national, Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, was arrested on Thursday and stands accused of parking what he thought was an explosive-laden truck in a garage beneath the 60-story Fountain Place office tower and trying to detonate it. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said they have had Smadi under surveillance since March. The agency says the suspect has repeatedly espoused his desire to commit violent militant activities. Undercover agents posed as al-Qaida members and set up a decoy car bomb, the FBI said. They say Smadi placed the car bomb in the garage of the Fountain Place tower, in Dallas, Texas. The FBI said Smadi then detonated the bomb from his cell phone but it could not explode as the undercover agents had built it with inert materials so the public was never at risk. Smadi mostly looked down as he was led into a federal courtroom in Dallas in handcuffs. Asked whether he understood his rights, he answered "Yes." Smadi is being represented by public defender Richard Anderson. Following the court hearing, Anderson told reporters had a lot of work to do in order to understand the case and how to defend his client. Anderson said he planned to be ready for Smadi's preliminary hearing scheduled for October 5. The sheriff's department in Ellis County, Texas, released dash-cam video of Smadi in custody in a patrol car. The video was taken on September 11 2009 after deputies arrested Smadi on a charge unrelated to the bomb plot. Smadi was charged with driving without a license or insurance and paid a 550 US dollar fine. Meanwhile, an American ex-convict described as an admirer of US Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh is being held in Illinois. Michael Finton is accused of trying to blow up a federal courthouse in Springfield on Wednesday. Federal agents arrested Finton Wednesday after he attempted to set off what he thought was a powerful bomb in a van outside a federal courthouse. In the Finton and Smadi cases, authorities say decoy devices were provided to the men by FBI agents posing as al-Qaida operatives. Both men are charged with trying to detonate a weapon of mass destruction, although they stressed that the two cases were unrelated and that both had no connection to Zazi. Security analyst Charles Tucker of the DePaul University School of Law said that in such cases, authorities have to perform a balancing act. Tucker said authorities must allow suspects to proceed just far enough with their plans to prove that they were serious about committing the crimes. However, he also noted that authorities must also keep a close watch on the suspects in order to prevent them from actually carrying out an attack. "The bigger concern is what happens if they get away at that point, what happens if they get wind of your investigation, they go underground, then they commit the crime that they were planning to, that's the real concern," Tucker said.
Semi clips trooper's car and jack knifes 2001
A car was pulled over on the side of the road for a traffic violation. As the officer was writing up a ticket, a car cut-off a semi truck and caused it to jack-knife. I’m not sure what injuries the driver sustained...However, he DID survive. That we know for sure!
SUSPECT SMASHES CARS IN POLICE PARKING LOT 2001
SUSPECT OFF HIS MEDICATIONS FOR BI-POLAR DISORDERED GOES ON A POLICE CAR SMASHING RAMPAGE BECAUSE "GOD TOLD HIM TO DO IT!" WOW.
GUY BEATS WIFE WITH WRENCH IN TRUCK (2001)
A MAN WITH A STOLEN TRUCK TAKES OFF WITH PASSENGER IN THE TRUCK. WHEN THEY FINALLY CATCH HIM, THE PASSENGER IS SCREAMING, "HELP, HELP!" THE SUSPECT RESISTS ARREST FOR A GOOD MINUTE AND THE COP WHACKS HIM A FEW TIMES WITH HIS BATON. HE HAS A HARD TIME GETTING HANDCUFFS ON HIM AS WELL.
CRUISER PUSHES TRUCK (2001)
A CHASE OF A POLICE CRUISER WHOSE BUMPER ATTACHED TO THE REAR BUMPER OF THE TRUCK THAT HE IS CHASING. GOOD CLOSEUP SHOT OF MAN ON HOOD OF POLICE CAR AFTER HE IS ARRESTED FOR THE CHASE THAT CONTINUED ON MANY DIRT ROADS.
RUBBER NECK REAR ENDS TRUCK 2001
AN OFFICER IS IN THE PROCESS OF GIVING OUT A SPEEDING TICKET, WHEN ALL OF A SUDDEN A RED TRUCK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD MAKING A TURN IS REAR ENDED BY SOME IDIOT WHO WASN'T WATCHING WHERE SHE WAS GOING AND DID A LITTLE RUBBER NECKING. THE WOMAN IN THE TRUCK HAS SOME KIDS AND THEY ARE UPSET AND CRYING.
BURGLAR CHASE LEADS TO RAMMING 2007
A ROUTINE TRAFFIC STOP GETS UGLY WHEN THE SUSPECT DECIDES TO MAKE A RUN FOR IT. THE CHASE ENDS BUT NOT UNTIL SUSPECT JACOB LYNN HARDIN HAS RAMMED TWO ARKANSAS POLICE CARS AND LOST CONTROL OF HIS OWN CHEVY SILVERADO. THE TRUCK WAS PULLED OVER FOR SPEEDING AND REFUSED TO STOP. A Pottsville man police said rammed two Dardanelle Police Department (DPD) cruisers near the end of a high-speed chase that stretched from Dardanelle to the south end of Russellville Aug. 24 appeared in a Friday bond hearing held at the Pope County Detention Center. District Judge Don Bourne ordered him held on a $50,000 commercial bond in anticipation of the filing of formal felony charges. Jacob Lynn Hardin, 20, is also facing misdemeanor traffic violations out of Dardanelle in connection with events that occurred before the pursuit moved into Pope County, Hardin indicated during the hearing. During a previous interview, Dardanelle Police Chief Montie Sims said he requested the assistance of the Arkansas State Police (ASP) in investigating the incident, which an ASP report confirmed. According to the report, Special Agents Scott Luter and Larry J. Carter recovered and reviewed a VHS tape from a DPD unit equipped with an in-car video system, which “showed that the suspect, Hardin, ... rammed both of the Dardanelle Police units” with his own vehicle. Should charges be filed in Pope County, Hardin will appear Oct. 1 in circuit court. Background The chase began after DPD officer Jesse Flores attempted a routine traffic stop inside Dardanelle city limits, Sims said previously. DPD Officer Brian Blevins subsequently joined in the pursuit, which progressed over the Arkansas River bridge into Pope County. As the chase approached the intersection of State Highway 7 and 7T in Russellville, Blevins told the ASP he attempted to box Hardin’s vehicle in by moving in front of it and gradually slowing. Instead of reducing his own speed, however, Hardin rammed the rear of Blevins’ cruiser, the officer said. The report noted estimated speeds reached as high as 90 miles per hour during the chase. Hardin then attempted to turn right onto 7T, but lost control of his vehicle, a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado, and spun out so that his truck was facing officers’ vehicles, at which time Blevins said Hardin rammed the front of Flores’ unit, according to the report. Blevins said Hardin continued westbound across the intersection, bailing out of the truck as it struck an embankment and continuing to flee on foot. Blevins indicated he pursued Hardin into a fenced lot belonging to a local business, where he “located a blanket in the corner that was moving,” under which he found Hardin. In a scuffle that ensued as Hardin refused to comply with Blevins’ commands, Blevins said Hardin grabbed for his service weapon. Blevins then used the gun as an “impact weapon,” striking Hardin in the head with it, according to the report. A second officer arrived shortly thereafter, and Hardin was taken into custody without further incident. During an Aug. 25 interview, Hardin indicated to police he was “messed up on drugs and alcohol” at the time of the incident, according to the report. Possible connection to burglary In an earlier interview, Chief Sims said officers discovered property in Hardin’s vehicle they suspected might be related to a residential burglary reported earlier in the day, although Sims declined at the time to release further specifics. The ASP report confirmed the agency assisted DPD officers in documenting the items found within the vehicle “believed to be stolen property related to a burglary which occurred in Dardanelle.” During Friday’s bond hearing, Hardin indicated he had a prior conviction out of Kansas City, Mo. for first-degree burglary. He also has 11 counts of breaking or entering charges pending in Pope County Circuit Court in connection with police allegations he and two other men broke into multiple vehicles, in some cases using credit and/or debit cars removed from the vehicles to make fraudulent purchases, according to a probable cause statement filed with the court. At the time of the pursuit that led to his most recent arrest, Hardin had been released from custody on the breaking and entering charges after he posted the requirements of a $20,000 bond. Sims did not immediately return a phone call Friday requesting an update on the property found in the vehicle and a possible connection to a burglary. As of Thursday, no charges had been filed in Yell County Circuit Court to indicate Hardin’s involvement in a burglary the day of the pursuit. High-speed chase nets arrest Russellville, AR, "Courier"; 9/17/07; Mary Kincy Benefield http://www.couriernews.com/archivedstory.php?ID=15864 A man driving a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado allegedly rammed two Dardanelle police cruisers before losing control of his own vehicle and fleeing on foot last week after a high-speed chase that began as an attempted routine traffic stop, Dardanelle Police Chief Montie Sims said Wednesday. Sims declined to release the name of the driver as formal charges had not been filed at the time he spoke with The Courier, but a report written by Russellville Police Department (RPD) officers who assisted in the arrest after the truck and two pursuing Dardanelle cruisers crossed into Russellville city limits indicated the man was 20-year-old Jacob Lynn Hardin of Pottsville. Sims described the events leading up to Hardin’s arrest Friday night as follows: The chase began when Dardanelle Police Department (DPD) Officer Jesse Flores attempted to stop the truck — initiating his lights and siren — after he observed it traveling at a high rate of speed near the south end of the city. The truck, failing to stop, increased speed, passing several unrelated vehicles in a no-passing area on Second Street, Sims said. As the vehicle approached the intersection of Second Street and State Highway 7, Hardin attempted to make a right turn onto the highway, colliding with another vehicle ahead of him, Sims said. He then proceeded over the Arkansas River bridge into Pope County, at which time the second DPD unit joined the pursuit, and Dardanelle dispatchers notified the RPD that the suspect’s vehicle was approaching Russellville city limits, he said. As Hardin approached the intersection of State Highway 7 (Arkansas Avenue) and 7T (Bernice Road) in Russellville, Dardanelle units attempted to slow the vehicle by moving in front of it. In response, Hardin rammed the back of a unit driven by DPD Officer Brian Blevins, then attempted to make a right turn onto 7T, momentarily losing control of the truck and spinning back toward the intersection, Sims said. Flores and Blevins again attempted to block Hardin, who collided head-on with Flores’ unit before proceeding through the intersection, Sims continued. Hardin’s progress was finally stopped as he attempted to round a sharp curve to the right onto South Boulder Avenue, just before the turn-off to Skyline Drive, when he again lost control of the vehicle, driving into a ditch, Sims said. After the vehicle left the roadway, Hardin jumped out of the still-moving vehicle, leaving behind his two passengers. A foot pursuit ensued, and Hardin was eventually located hiding under several tarps near Space World, a local moving and storage company, where he was taken into custody after a brief scuffle with officers, Sims said. According to an RPD report filed by Officer Joseph Paterak, who arrived shortly after the truck came to a stop and Hardin fled on foot, he and a Dardanelle officer secured the two passengers — a 19-year-old white female and a 15-year-old white male — neither of whom are in custody at this time. Neither of the passengers reported injuries, Sims said, although Hardin did complain of injury at the time of his arrest and was transported to Dardanelle Hospital, where he was released to authorities after being treated for minor injuries. He is currently in police custody at the Dardanelle jail on a $25,000 bond. Sims told The Courier Hardin had no outstanding warrants at the time of the incident, although officers did find property in Hardin’s vehicle they suspect may be related to a residential burglary reported earlier Friday. The department is still investigating how the property came to be in the vehicle, and whether or not it is in fact related to the alleged burglary. He declined to specify the nature of the property found. No estimate for damages to the cruisers was available as of Wednesday morning, although Sims noted Flores’ vehicle, struck head-on, was not operational. The Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division was asked to assist in the follow-up investigation to determine if Hardin’s alleged crashing into the police vehicles could be considered as a possible assault, Sims said. Those charges, if pursued, will be filed by the office of 5th Judicial Prosecuting Attorney David Gibbons, he said. Neither Flores nor Blevins reported injuries in the immediate aftermath of the incident, although Blevins has since sought medical attention for neck and back pain, Sims said. Traffic violations may be issued out of Yell County, Sims added.
RUBBER NECKER CRASH 2001
A RUBBERNECKER FORCES AN 18-WHEELER OFF THE ROAD AND ALMOST KILLS A TROOPER! Starts off as a routine traffic stop. Trooper Allen Marks is doing a search of a vehicle, when he is almost hit by a speeding flatbed truck. The trucker was simply trying to avoid being cut off by a white car that is clearly shown in the video.
Left Turn Cruiser Crash (2001)
The Dash Board Camera of an unmarked Sarasota Police Car Caught a High Speed Pursuit... The Officer's Camera videotaped his view of the chase as the officer went after a speeding truck. The officer struck another car as a woman turned in front of him. The Impact from the crash was so hard that it knocked the camera off the dash. No one was injured in the crash but the woman who made the left turn was given a ticket. The Speeding Truck got away.