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Posted on: June 1, 2020


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Lombard Man Charged with Possession of Incendiary Device and Attempt Terrorism at Lombard Municipal Campus

WHEATON – DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Lombard Chief of Police Roy Newton announced today that a Lombard man has been charged with one count of Possession of an Incendiary Device and one count of Attempt Terrorism, (both charges are a Class 1 Felony) for allegedly approaching numerous city-owned squad cars armed with a Molotov cocktail, lighters and a bat. Christian Frazee, 25 (d.o.b. 4/6/1995) of 925 S. Lombard Avenue, appeared in Bond Court this afternoon where Judge Paul Marchese set bond at $1 million with 10% to apply.

On June 1st, 2020 at approximately 12:27 a.m., a Lombard Police officer allegedly observed a male dressed in all black wearing a hood, face covering and latex gloves walking near the Village Hall and then in the direction of the Village of Lombard Municipal campus with a bat hanging from his bag. It is alleged that the subject, later identified as Frazee, was walking in the direction of the squad cars and employee vehicles holding a lighter in his left hand and a Molotov cocktail in his right hand. It is further alleged that Frazee also had a butane torch lighter and seven additional lighters in his possession. Frazee was taken into custody at this time.

“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,” Berlin said. “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 commend the Lombard Police Department for their ongoing efforts in this mission and for their attentiveness to the alleged situation last night. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Alysa Feld and Patrick Miner for their efforts in preparing charges against Mr. Frazee.”

“I am very proud of the swift and coordinated response of our police officers. Their quick thinking and action thwarted this criminal activity and prevented the situation from escalating,” Newton said. “We believe this to be an isolated incident where a local individual was acting alone, not part of any broader group or organization. While there is no immediate threat to our residents, rest assured that the men and women of the Lombard Police Department continue to stand ready to protect and serve our community.”

Frazee’s next court date is scheduled for June 29, 2020 for arraignment in front of Judge Jeffrey MacKay.

Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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