Man claiming to be Obama’s son arrested

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CHICAGO — A man claiming to be President Obama’s son now has to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet after causing a bomb scare outside Obama’s Kenwood home.

Marquez Hassell, 20, was arrested Thursday after he approached the Obamas’ house on the 5000 block of South Greenwood Avenue and dropped a duffel bag over a barricade, which a secret service agent deemed suspicious.

Police and a bomb squad responded and discovered that it contained an empty aerosol can, pieces of broken glass and personal hygiene items.

Hassell told police he was Obama’s son and that the President was scheduled to return home at 11 p.m. Thursday.

Hassell’s lawyer, Jeffry Mandell, says his client never claimed to have a bomb. He says that rather than being arrested, his client should have been medically evaluated.

Hassell appeared in Cook County court Friday and was charged with felony disorderly conduct for making a false bomb threat.


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