Ellis County terror suspect arrested
DALLAS - Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, 19, a Jordanian citizen living and working in Italy, Texas illegally, was charged with "attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction," authorities said.
Officials said he was planning a Jihad against the United States and Jews by blowing-up the Fountain Place building, e in Downtown Dallas.
Authorities said Smadi had been under FBI surveillance for some time after expressing "his desire to commit violent jihad" numerous times.
"The highest priority of the FBI and the Department of Justice remains the prevention of another terrorist attack within the United States," said U.S. Attorney Jacks in a news release.
"In that effort, it is the job of the FBI to locate and identify individuals intent upon carrying out any type of attack upon this country and its citizens/residents. Whether as part of a group or acting alone, persons contemplating such acts need to know that all components of the government are working together to ferret out their activities and to insure that such individuals face the full measure of the law. The identification and apprehension of this defendant, who was acting alone, is a sobering reminder that there are people among us who want to do us grave harm."
FBI officials arrested the terriorst-suspect when he allegedly placed an inactive car bomb near Fountain Place .
Fountain Place, located at 1445 Ross Avenue in the Arts District of downtown Dallas, Texas is a 60-story modern-styled skyscraper. Standing at a structural height of 720 feet (219 m), it is the fifth-tallest skyscraper in Dallas. (If one were to exclude antennas and spires, Fountain Place is currently the fourth-tallest building in Dallas.) It is also the 15th-tallest building in Texas.
The original plans for Fountain Place called for a twin tower, rotated 90 degrees from the original, to be built on an adjacent block. Due to the collapse of the Texas oil, banking and real estate industry in the 1980s (the savings and loan scandal) the development was never completed. The building was designed by the award winning architects I.M. Pei and Partners and was completed in 1986. The landscape and namesake fountains were designed by the Office of Dan Kiley.
The building is known for its unique architecture—it was designed as a large, multi-faceted prism. Its various slanted sides cause the building to have a completely different profile from all directions. The building gets its name from the wide array of fountains built in a large plaza at its base.
In the later seasons of Dallas, the building was used as the offices of Ewing Oil, and later Weststar Oil.