Naser Jason Abdo Indicted by a Waco Federal Grand Jury for Possession of an Unregistered Destructive Device As Well As Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition by a Fugitive From Justice

August 10, 2011

The U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Texas on August 9, 2011 released the following:

“NASER JASON ABDO INDICTED BY A FEDERAL GRAND JURY IN CONNECTION WITH BOMB PLOT

United States Attorney John E. Murphy and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Cory B. Nelson announced that a federal grand jury seated in Waco returned an indictment this afternoon charging 21-year-old Naser Jason Abdo with possession of an unregistered destructive device as well as possession of a firearm and ammunition by a fugitive from justice.

The three-count indictment specifically alleges that on July 27, 2011, Abdo was in possession of a destructive device not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record as well as a .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol and 20-gauge shot shells while being a fugitive from justice.

According to court records, officers with the Killeen Police Department arrested Abdo on July 27, 2011. At the time of his arrest, the defendant, an absent without leave (AWOL) soldier from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, was in possession of the handgun plus instructions on how to build a bomb as well as bomb making components, including six bottles of smokeless gunpowder, shotgun shells, shotgun pellets, two clocks, two spools of auto wire, an electric drill and two pressure cookers. Court documents also allege that Abdo intended to use the materials to assemble two destructive devices with the intention of detonating them inside an unspecified restaurant frequented by soldiers from Fort Hood.

Abdo remains in federal custody. If convicted, he faces up to ten years in federal prison and a maximum $250,000 fine per count.

This case is being investigated by agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation together with U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Killeen Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety. Assistant United States Attorney Mark Frazier is prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government.

An indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.”

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Naser Jason Abdo Charged in a Federal Criminal Complaint in an Alleged Bomb Plot

July 30, 2011

The U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Texas on July 29, 2011 released the following:

“NASER JASON ABDO CHARGED FEDERALLY IN BOMB PLOT

United States Attorney John E. Murphy and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Cory B. Nelson announced that 21-year-old Naser Jason Abdo, an absent without leave (AWOL) soldier from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, is charged with possession of an unregistered destructive device in connection with a bomb plot.

A criminal complaint, unsealed today in Waco by U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey C. Mankse during Abdo’s initial appearance, alleges that on July 27, 2011, Abdo was in possession of a .40 caliber handgun, ammunition, an article entitled “Make a bomb in the kitchen of your Mom,” as well as bomb making components, including six bottles of smokeless gunpowder, shotgun shells, shotgun pellets, two clocks, two spools of auto wire, an electric drill and two pressure cookers. The complaint further alleges that Abdo intended to use the materials to assemble two destructive devices with the intention of detonating them inside an unspecified restaurant frequented by soldiers from Fort Hood.

On Wednesday, officers with the Killeen Police Department, arrested Abdo without incident. Abdo is currently in federal custody. If convicted, Abdo faces up to ten years in federal prison and a maximum $250,000 fine.

This case is being investigated by agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation together with U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Killeen Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety. Assistant United States Attorney Mark Frazier is prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government.

A criminal complaint is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt.
The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.”

To find additional federal criminal news, please read The Federal Crimes Watch Daily.

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David Joseph Vonbargen and Donovan James Bolen Indicted Federally On Arson And Firearms Charges

June 17, 2011

U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Idaho on June 16, 2011 released the following press release:

“David Joseph Vonbargen, 48, of Fruitland, Idaho, and Donovan James Bolen, 21, of Payette, Idaho, were indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury in Boise on fire, explosives and stolen firearms charges, announced U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson. The eight-count indictment charges both defendants with conspiracy to use fire and explosive materials in the commission of a federal felony; conspiracy to maliciously damage and destroy a building; using fire and explosive materials in the commission of a federal felony; malicious use of explosive materials; depredation against government property; using a destructive device during and in relation to a federal crime of violence; possession of an unregistered destructive device; and possession of stolen firearms. An arraignment date has not been set. The charges arise out of the May 27 theft of firearms from the World’s Largest Pawn Shop in Fruitland.

According to the indictment, Vonbargen and Bolen conspired to use and did use Molotov cocktails to destroy a United States Department of Agriculture pick-up truck, a four-wheel ATV, and a building belonging to Western Core Company, Incorporated, in Payette. The two are also alleged to have used Molotov cocktails during and in relation to a federal crime of violence, possessed Molotov cocktails not registered to them in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, and possessed twelve firearms they knew were stolen.

If convicted, Vonbargen and Bolen each face imprisonment for at least 35 years and not more than life, a maximum fine of $1,760,000, and up to 26 years of supervised release.

The case was investigated by the Fruitland Police Department, the Payette Police Department, the Payette County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

An indictment is a means of charging a person with criminal activity. It is not evidence. The person is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.”

To find additional federal criminal news, please read The Federal Crimes Watch Daily.

Douglas McNabb and other members of the U.S. law firm practice and write extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Red Notice Removal, International Extradition and OFAC SDN List Removal.

The author of this blog is Douglas McNabb. Please feel free to contact him directly at mcnabb@mcnabbassociates.com or at one of the offices listed above.

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