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Illinois: Man indicted on state terrorism charge after driving van into suburban Chicago mall
Schaumburg, Illinois — A man accused of driving an SUV through a suburban Chicago shopping mall is facing a state terrorism charge, authorities announced Sunday. Police in Schaumburg announced early Sunday that the Cook County state's attorney had authorized the charge against Javier Garcia, 22, of Palatine, Illinois.
Garcia also was charged with felony criminal damage to property. Garcia was scheduled to appear in bond court Sunday.
Under Illinois law, the Class X felony of terrorism can apply if the suspect is believed to have caused more than $100,000 in damage to any building containing five or more businesses, according to a statement issued by Schaumburg Police Sergeant Karen McCarthy. Class X felonies can carry sentences of up to 30 years in prison.
No federal charges have been brought against Garcia.