February 4, 2017 A Roselle, Illinois man accused of having a pipe bomb inside a Chicago Airbnb room yesterday appeared in bond court on Saturday.
Michael Debrown, 25, a resident of of Roselle, Illinois was arrested and charged with one felony count of Unlawful Use of Weapon -Bomb/Grenade/Molotov Cocktail on Friday.
Chicago Police responded to report of suspicious material in one of the bedrooms in an Airbnb located in in the Homan Square neighborhood at 1:15 a.m. Friday morning. Police evacuated about 20 people while they investigated. After investigators determined there was no threat, the guests were allowed back in.
CBS News reports that the owner of the Airbnb property located on the 3500 block of West Flournoy Avenue in Chicago said Debrown was arrested on an outstanding warrant from a separate bomb-making case when he returned much later that morning. Police said the Bomb and Arson Unit found the items suspicious enough to conduct an investigation.
Cook County Judge Donald Panarese Jr. ordered Debrown’s bond set at $250,000 bail on Saturday at the Leighton Criminal Court Building.
In the more than sixteen years since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, U.S. officials remain reluctant to label attacks by right-wing white extremist as terrorism — even in attacks that clearly fit the guidelines of a domestic terrorism. The 1995 Oklahoma City bombing for instance, an attack carried out by caucasians with ties to white supremacy groups is still not referred to as terrorism.
No one was injured in the Homan Square Airbnb bomb scare, but if the suspicious material belonged to a guest with a Muslim sounding name–the incident would have been handled differently.
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."