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Chicago Teen Charged with Robbing Undercover ATF Agent at Gunpoint

Randy Durr. Photo via Chicago Police Department.

By Steve Neavling

A 19-year-old man has been charged with robbing an undercover ATF agent at gunpoint in a grocery store parking lot in Chicago. 

Randy Durr was charged with robbery in federal court after authorities say he pointed a Glock handgun at the agent and grabbed $5,000 on Nov. 16, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Durr is accused of selling two “ghost guns” to an undercover agent on Nov. 7 and Nov. 9. 

A week later, Durr is accused of meeting the agent again, only to rob him and threaten to kill him.

Durr grabbed the $5,000 and sped off in a black Chevrolet Impala, according to the federal complaint. 

Authorities arrested him at a woman’s South Side apartment and recovered the Glock pistol and most of the stolen money. 

Durr’s family said the teenager was an “A and B student” and knows “the difference between right and wrong.” 

They’re asking a judge to release him from jail until the trial. 

Man Accused of Setting Fire to Guardhouse at FBI’s Chicago Field Office

FBI’s Chicago Field Office. Photo via FBI.

By Steve Neavling

A man is facing federal arson charges after authorities say he threatened a security officer and later set fire to the guardhouse at the FBI’s Chicago Field Office. 

James Lofton was scheduled to make his first court appearance on charges of maliciously damaging and destroying a U.S. government building by means of fire, CBS News reports.

Four weeks before the fire, Lofton is accused of approaching the guardhouse and telling the officer, “B****, I’m going to burn you, and everyone is going to die. You f***ing Mexicans are going to burn and die.”

Authorities say Lofton returned to the security station shortly after 3 p.m. on Friday and doused his jacket with fire and used it to set the guardhouse ablaze. 

The FBI arrested him a few blocks away about 15 minutes later. 

In August, another man was arrested for throwing rocks at the field office. 

Suspect Detained After Jumping Fence, Throwing Rocks at Chicago’s FBI Field Office

FBI’s Chicago Field Office. Photo via FBI.

By Steve Neavling

The FBI came under attack again, this time from someone who jumped the fence and threw rocks at the bureau’s Chicago Field Office. 

The motive was unclear as of Friday morning, and the FBI is investigating. 

“FPS detained the individual and Chicago PD have taken the individual to a local hospital for evaluation,” a Federal Protective Service spokesperson said in a statement to CNN.

The incident happened around 11 a.m. 

“The FBI Chicago facility remains secure, and there are no reported injuries or known threats to the public at this time,” FBI spokesperson Siobhan Johnson said.

The FBI has become the target of extremism after agents searched former President Trump’s home in Florida. 

On Aug. 11, a man wearing body armor tried to attack the FBI’s Cincinnati Field Office. He was eventually killed in an hours-long standoff.

Republican lawmakers have also lashed out at the FBI, and some even called for the bureau to be disbanded.

On Aug. 12, the FBI and Homeland Security issued a bulletin, warning of “an increase in threats and acts of violence directed at bureau employees. 

Man Accused of Shooting U.S. Marshal and K-9 Was Charged with Attempted Murder And Other Counts

Tarrion Johnson, 19. Via Chicago Police Department

By Steve Neavling

A Chicago man was charged Friday with attempted murder and other counts for allegedly shooting a U.S. marshal and his K-9 dog. 

Tarrion Johnson, 19, was denied bond on Saturday, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Johnson is accused of firing shots at members of the U.S. Marshals Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force while they tried to arrest him on a warrant for attempted murder on Thursday afternoon.

The marshal had been shot in the hand and declined hospital service. 

The K-9 was taken to the MedVet Chicago clinic in unknown condition. 

The judge ordered Johnson to be held without bond, saying he posed a threat to the public. 

U.S. Marshal And K-9 Shot While Serving Arrest Warrant in Chicago

By Steve Neavling

A deputy U.S. marshal and police dog were shot while a task force was trying to serve an arrest warrant Thursday in Chicago. 

Chicago police and members of the U.S. Marshals Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force were trying to arrest a person at about 1:20 p.m. on West Belmont, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The offender fired shots at the task force, causing non-life-threatening injuries to the deputy marshal. A U.S. Marshals Service K-9 dog was also wounded. 

A Chicago police officer returned fire but did not strike anyone. 

Authorities arrested two people, and the investigation is ongoing.

Chicago Man Faces Assault Charges for Allegedly Spitting in Face of FBI Agent

By Steve Neavling

A 55-year-old Chicago man is facing federal assault charges after authorities say he spit in the face of an FBI special agent. 

The incident occurred while the agent was in his car on the morning of Jan. 12, waiting in line to enter the parking lot at the FBI’s Chicago Field Office, The Chicago Tribune reports

Behind him was Jerome Bychowski, who began honking the horn of his van, according to a criminal complaint filed Friday. When the agent asked Bychowski to stop honking, the man pulled his van next to the agent’s vehicle and said he was honking at the SUV in front of the agent. 

Bychowski grew angry when the agent refused to talk to the driver of the SUV.

“Go inside and do your (expletive) job,” Bychowski is accused of saying. 

After the agent asked Bychowski to calm down and get back in his van, Bychowski drove next to the SUV, walked toward the agent and then said, “If you’re such a tough guy, get out of the car and show me.”

The agent remained in his car and again told Bychowski to stop being aggressive. At that point, Bychowski allegedly called the agent an “(expletive) who’s hiding behind your job and your car and afraid of getting your ass kicked.”

The Bychowski spat at the agent through the agent’s open driver’s window, striking him in the cheek and forehead, according to the complaint. 

After the agent advised Bychowski that he had committed a crime, he got back in his van and began reversing, the complaint states. This time the agent got out of his car and again told Bychowski against that he had committee a crime. 

Bychowski responded, “Good luck proving it – there’s video.”

Turns out, the driver of the SUV was also an FBI agent and heard Bychowski admit that he had spit on the agent, according to the complaint. Using his cell phone, the agent took pictures of Bychowski and his license plate. 

Feds Seize 220 Pounds of Cocaine, Disrupt Mexico-to-Chicago Drug Pipeline

Plane seized in cocaine bust. Photo: DOJ

By Steve Neavling

Federal agents disrupted a suspected Mexico-to-Chicago drug pipeline, seized a private plane and 220 pounds of cocaine, and arrested three people as part of the Nov. 3 operation, the Justice Department said Tuesday

About 176 pounds of the cocaine were discovered in a vehicle in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. Another 44 pounds were found in a hotel room in the city’s Gold Coast neighborhood. 

Feds allege the cocaine had been flown from a private plane in Toluca, Mexico, to the Chicago area. Once the plane arrived at Gary/Chicago International Airport, the cocaine was stuffed in suitcases and driven to downtown Chicago. 

Sebastian Vazquez-Gamez, 30, of Mexico, and Rodrigo Alexis Jimenez-Perez, 25, of Indiana, were arrested in downtown Chicago. Sergio Ivan Blas was arrested in the Indianapolis area.   

CBP Seizes Fake FBI, DEA Badges Sent from China

Counterfeit FBI badge seized by CBP officers. Photo: CBP

By Steve Neavling

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers recently seized several packages from China containing counterfeit DEA and FBI badges in Chicago. 

The packages, which contained eight counterfeit DEA badges and one FBI badge, were sent from China and destined for locations across the U.S. 

“These counterfeit badges could have led to disastrous consequences if our officers had not found them,” LaFonda Sutton-Burke, director of field operations in Chicago, said in a statement. “Criminal organizations could have used these badges for their illicit activity under the guise of federal agents. Our CBP officers were able to identify these very realistic counterfeits and stop them from reaching their destinations.”

The badges pose a threat to the public, said Shane Campbell, area port director in Chicago. 

“It could be a serious security issue,” Campbell said. “Used nefariously, a fake badge can be a danger to the public and can harm the public’s trust in law enforcement.”

In the past few months, CBP also seized thousands of counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination cards that were sent from China.