A 19-year-old Chicago man, Sergio Chaves, was charged in U.S. District Court today with one felony count of possession of an unregistered destructive device.

Police say Chaves, who they believe acted alone, was responsible for planting the bomb outside the rear of the Evanston Police Outpost at 633 Howard St. Saturday night.

The device was spotted by police in a trash can after they received a tip and was disabled by the Cook County Sheriff’s Department bomb squad.

A joint investigation by Evanston Police and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives led to the arrest of Chaves. 

A spokesman for the ATF says Chaves had hoped to receive a reward for tipping off police to the existence of the device, which he described as crude but potentially deadly.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Nothing to say

    I find it amazing that an explosive device is placed in the rear entry/exit area of a police outpost and the masses that post dozens of comments to a leaf blower article have nothing to say. I feel afraid for the brave men and women of the Evanston police department who put their lives on the line daily to protect the citizens of this city. Now someone places an explosive at a police sub-station in what appears to be an attempt or warning on their lives. Where is the outrage? Maybe if they strapped the bomb on a leaf blower someone might have something to say. To the brave men and women of the Evanston police department, thank you and be safe.

    1. Outrage

      I am outraged.  If this gentleman were 18 years old, he could have qualified for the free beach pass program, and this would never have happened.

  2. I agree

    You are so right!  Remember when that janitor who worked at the middle school was arrested?  The community was outraged and speaking out in support of him.  Priorities are messed up here. 

  3. Teen Crime Wave

    (This is in response to the comment titled "Nothing to Say.")

    With the recent spate of teen crime being covered on every local news channel, people are at a loss as to what to say.  These are the kids we raised.  They are out there mugging people in broad daylight during rush hour on trains, beating people and planting bombs.  The current state of the economy is waking them up to a life that is vastly different than the free, easy and carefree one most of us brought them up to expect.  These kids are angry at the truth they were shielded from… that life really is tough and you can't have everything you want exactly when you want it.  Those that don't like that message are lashing out. 

    A colleague of mine sent his daughter to college and she called in a state of frustration to ask how to run a washing machine.  That was a wake-up call for him and the remaining children in the home were quickly taught how to do a myriad of things and given daily chores.

    Yes – a bomb at the outpost is outrageous.  A bomb ANYWHERE is outrageous.  Teen crime is outrageous.  ALL crime is outrageous.  It may be too late for the teens we've already raised… maybe we should have given our kids a few chores and taught them some type of work ethic.  Fortunately, it isn't too late to set a new precedent for those we can impact now. 

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