Aurora Resident Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison for Throwing Explosive Device into Naperville Restaurant

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A Aurora resident sentenced after arrest on federal charges for trying to damage a Naperville restaurant with an explosive device during widespread looting in June.

CHICAGO — An Aurora resident has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for using an explosive device to damage a Naperville restaurant.

On June 1, 2020, Diego Vargas, 27, of Aurora, Illinois, threw a lit explosive device through the window of Egg Harbor Cafe in Naperville, Ill., resulting in two explosions. The restaurant was closed, and no injuries were reported.

In addition to the restaurant incident, Vargas on the previous night tried to steal cash from an ATM in Aurora. Vargas struck the ATM with a baseball bat and a metal pole from a street sign in an unsuccessful attempt to pry it open.

U.S. District Judge Elaine E. Bucklo imposed the five-year prison sentence Thursday after a hearing in federal court in Chicago.

The sentence was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Emmerson Buie, Jr., Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Office of the FBI. The Naperville Police Department and Aurora Police Department provided valuable assistance. The government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Barry Jonas and Kate McClelland.

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