Man Arrested After Bomb Threats to Iowa Mall

By Lauren Jiggetts
|  Friday, Aug 31, 2012  |  Updated 8:09 PM CDT
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Feds: Man Threatened to Blow Up Mall

A man was arrested Friday after he allegedly called in bomb threats to a shopping mall in Davenport, Iowa.

Adylbek Kozubaev, a 22-year-old citizen of Kyrgyzstan, appeared in federal court Friday wearing blue plaid shorts, a white shirt and flip flops.

Authorities said Kozubaev called in two telephone threats to NorthPark Mall. In one of those calls, on Monday, he wanted to discuss leasing a kiosk at the mall for the holiday season. Two days later, he talked again with a business manager, reportedly over some dispute with the price he was quoted.

Following that discussion, Kozubaev called again, using a pseudonym, and told the person who answered: "You need to clear out the mall in 10 minutes or it is going to blow," authorities allege.

He called again about 10 minutes after that initial call, authorities said, telling the person who answered that he was "angry and [expletive] serious." He again stated that he wanted the mall evacuated.

"Get the [expletive] out or it is going to blow," he said, according to authorities.

Kozubaev was arrested by Cook County Sheriff's police outside a Streamwood business.

"We were alerted earlier today by the FBI that there was a concern about an individual who was traveling from Iowa to Illinois," said Sheriff Tom Dart. "There had been some concern about his intent and whether or not there was intent to harm people here. We were given a description enough to be able to track him and find him and then we were able to take him down. We had our bomb unit out there, the dogs, and everything. We found nothing in the tractor-trailer that was of concern.

Kozubaev spoke via a Russian interpreter. A detention hearing was scheduled for Sept. 5.

Northpark Mall is owned by Santa Monica, Calif.-based Macerich, which also owns The Shops at North Bridge in Chicago.

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