The man who went on a rampage with his SUV through a Chicago mall has now been charged with Terrorism. As The Daily Wire reports:
A suburban Chicago man who drove his black SUV through Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Illinois, is facing terrorism charges, according to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.
The Los Angeles Times reports that local police announced the charges, leveled against 22-year-old Palatine, Illinois resident, Javier Garcia on Sunday. Garcia was also charged with “felony criminal damage to property.”
The terrorism charge is local. The Federal government hasn’t yet announced if they will seek charges. They were on the scene, a week ago Friday, when Garcia plowed his Chevy Trailblazer through an entrance to the Sears department store, turned a hard right into the mall itself, and drove past several stores, plowing into kiosks, destroying a window display at Forever 21, and eventually hitting a pole near the mall’s center court.
For Illinois, though, the terrorism charge isn’t necessarily related to Garcia’s motive (though a motive has yet to be specified).
Even though he has been charged with terrorism we still don’t know exactly what or who was behind Garcia’s attack. What were his true motivations? Perhaps it’s nothing, or perhaps there is still much more that we aren’t being told.