I suspect that they’re going to find that this guy was just plain nuts.
ROCKFORD — A Rockford man was arrested and charged with allegedly plotting to explode several grenades in garbage cans at a shopping mall in Rockford, federal authorities said today.Hand grenades are now Weapons of Mass Destruction? Well then, I guess we did find WMD in Iraq.
The feds arrested Derrick Shareef, 22, on Wednesday without incident when he met an undercover agent at a store parking lot in Rockford to trade a set of stereo seakers for four hand grenades and a hand gun, the feds said.
He was charged with one count of attempting to damage or destroy a building by fire or explosion and one count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction in a complaint filed today in U.S. District Court in Chicago.
Obviously I have only the few details available through the media, but doesn’t it sound this guy was a little off his nut if he thought he could really get a bunch of hand grenades for a set of speakers? If nothing else, we can assume he wasn’t well funded.
It is kind of annoying though how these things get played out as foiled terrorist plots. Let’s not forget, there was never any danger Shareef was ever getting real hand grenades from the undercover cops.