Chicago man charged after bomb threat to CTA bus

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Bail has been set for a Chicago man who threatened to blow up at CTA bus, telling police he was “jihad against the white devil.”

23-year-old Caleb Russell was on a CTA bus in the River North neighborhood on Monday evening when he made the threat, according to police.  The bus stopped in the middle of the intersection at Chicago Ave and Orleans where police officers saw it.

The Chicago Tribune reports that several passengers told police that Russell made derogatory and racial remarks and threatened to “blow this (expletive) up’’ and Russell also began yelling racial slurs at the officers.

Russell is charged with making a bomb threat, a felony, according authorities.  A judge set bail at $90,000.  Russell is scheduled to appear back in court Monday.

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  • truegrit

    That's more bail than what Vanecko had to pay and he killed someone and ran away. Doesn't quite fit the crime. Guy is obviously mental.

  • Don

    I saw this fool just the other day, Saturday I think it was, along North Halsted Street, screaming like a banshee and using the N word and he also said "white devil" or "whitey debil" or something to that effect. Most everybody in educated/liberal Lakeview was ignoring him. We need to get peoples like this off the streets.

  • Naimah

    Caleb suffers from several mental disorders. I am his friend in real life and I knkow first hand some of his struggles. While jail is a horrid place that I would never send my dogs to and offers him little to no chance of rehabilitation he does need to be secluded until his mental is normalized and regulated. I don't know what that will take. I am writing this from heart becaue I love my friend however witht he recent tragedies on every front his mental state should be taken serious and he should be hospitalized in a SECURE MENTAL FACILITY. Not the county, Mnard, Statesville. I'm quite certain that caleb is not a terrorist in the manner that they are describing had it not been White Devils it could have been a failed grade, someone looked at him crazy. I do hope they realize that his mental state needs serious attention as he has diagnosed issues and that throwing him in jail would not only severely harm him he would be a threat under those conditions to everybody and himself. Make fun if you want cuz thats what people do but I always wabted to know what was going on in the lives of people who snapped out and did outrageous stuff, now I know.

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