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FBI nabs man in Streamwood for threatening to blow up Iowa mall

Updated: August 31, 2012 6:14PM

The FBI arrested a man in Streamwood Friday morning for threatening to blow up an Iowa mall after a dispute over the cost of carts from which he could sell scarves during the holiday season.

Adylbek Kozubaev was charged Aug. 29 with threatening or maliciously reporting false information by telephone concerning an attempt to destroy property by means of an explosive, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Iowa.

The FBI, Cook County Sheriff’s police and Streamwood police arrested the man Friday morning in Streamwood, FBI spokeswoman Joan Hyde said. He appeared before U.S. District Court Judge Sidney Schenkier Friday afternoon and will remain in custody until a detention hearing at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Kozubaev is accused of threatening to blow up a mall after a dispute over the price to rent carts during the holiday season.

Kozubaev allegedly called the business development manager at the Northpark Mall in Davenport, Iowa, on Aug. 27 to discuss leasing a cart at the mall for the holiday season, according to an affidavit. The manager quoted a price of $3,500 for one cart for the months of November and December. A second cart could be added for $3,000.

Kozubaev provided a phone number and the fake name “Abylbel Kuzubaev,” the affidavit said.

On Aug. 29, the manager got a call from “Adylbek Kozubaev,” who said he was interested in leasing carts to sell “sportula”, cashmere scarves and possibly a third cart for an unidentified product, the affidavit said. He thought the price was $3,500 for the first two carts and $500 for the third.

The manager corrected the quote, and Kozubaev said he would have to think about it, the affidavit said. Kozubaev called back an hour later and offered to pay $3,500 for the first cart and $2,500 for the second, to which the manager said she would need to walk the mall to determine what space she could do for that price.

After making several calls later that day to the manager, Kozubaev called back and told a guest services representative “you need to clear out the mall in ten minutes or it is going to blow,” the affidavit said.

Kozubaev called back about 10 minutes later and said he was “angry and very very f------ serious,” the affidavit said. He again ordered the mall be evacuated, saying: “no, get the f--- out or it was going to blow.”

The service representative said the calls came in as a private number, but said the man identified himself as “Adylbek” and sounded like the person who asked to speak to the manager, the affidavit said.

T-Mobile phone records confirmed Kozubaev made the calls, the affidavit said.

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