There appears to be a new development in the story DML reported over the weekend about a man being detained by the FBI. A Dearborn, Michigan based news outlet is reporting they have learned the identity of the person of interest.
Officials stated that a Thursday night raid on a Dearborn, Michigan home was due to a national security concern and was a multi-jurisdictional operation involving investigators from New York. The media said there was no threat to public safety locally, but reports are now emerging that the raid was over suspected terrorist activity.
Investigators reportedly spent several hours at the home gathering evidence, from about 5pm to well after 10pm. Neighbors told Fox2 that a husband, wife, two children and either one or two elderly adults all lived in the duplex at 7242 Jonathon Street in Dearborn, Michigan. The family is reported to be from Lebanon and moved there a few months ago.
Local 4 Defenders elaborated with more details, reporting that the raid involved a person suspected of providing money and/or material support to a terrorist organization, who had recently moved to Dearborn from New York. The suspect was reportedly apprehended and flown back to New York.
Investigators are now going through and analyzing all the evidence they seized, including computers, cell phones, a passport and other documents.
Arab America News, a local newspaper in Dearborn, reported Friday that the man taken into custody is Samer ElDebek, a Lebanese American man who works as a truck driver. He was returned to New York “on federal charges of providing material support or resources to foreign terrorist organizations, and receiving military-type training from them,” the AAnews stated.
ElDebek reportedly had lived in New York, then went to Lebanon eight years ago. AAnews said he returned to New York last year, then moved to Dearborn about 10 months ago.
A warrant issued a day before the raid stated that the FBI believed ElDebek had explosive materials, and/or a manual on how to make them. Included in the dozens of boxes the agents seized from the home were reportedly “over 90 sparkling birthday candles and several high-powered Shot Grizzly fireworks.” The family denied owning the fireworks, claiming they belonged to a neighbor who shared the same garage.
According to Arab America News, ElDebek is expected to be arraigned in New York Monday, June 5.
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