Male Offender of Aurora Arrested on Federal Civil Disorder Charge For Allegedly Throwing An Explosive Device at a Naperville Police Vehicle at Protest

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A male suspect and resident of Aurora was arrested Friday June 26, 2020 on a federal civil disorder charge for allegedly throwing an explosive or incendiary device at a Naperville Police Department vehicle during a protest earlier on June 1, 2020 at the intersection of Chicago Avenue and Washington Street in downtown Naperville during civil unrest. According to Naperville Police Department, several police officers were injured.

Christian Rea threw the explosive device, which subsequently detonated with an explosion in the proximity of the police vehicle, and the officers that were standing near the vehicle, according to a criminal complaint and affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago. Panic ensued in the crowd of protesters, with people running in all directions, the complaint states.

The complaint charges Christian Rea, 19, with one count of civil unrest. Federal authorities arrested Rea Thursday morning June 25, 2020. An initial federal court appearance was held on Thursday June 25, 2020, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Beth Jantz.

The complaint and arrest were announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Emmerson Buie, Jr., Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the FBI. Valuable assistance was provided by the Naperville Police Department, the Aurora Police Department, and the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Barry Jonas.

“Federal law enforcement will use all tools available to hold accountable individuals who interfere with law enforcement officers performing their duties during a civil disorder,” said U.S. Attorney Lausch. “We will continue to work with our federal, state, and local partners to apprehend and charge individuals engaging in violent crime.”

The public is reminded that a complaint is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The charge in the complaint is punishable by a maximum sentence of 5 years in federal prison. If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal statutes and the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.

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