“The duration of his treatment is unknown, and no charges will be authorized until his release,”
Javier has a history of Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia & Paranoia, he says, according to his lawyer.
Javier Garcia Driving SUV in The Mall Local shoppers at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Illinois were surprised on Friday, September 20, when Javier unexpectedly plowed his black SUV through the entrance to the Sears and continued to drive through the crowded mall erratically. However, no one was wounded, the afternoon incident happened.
Police said Garcia drove his SUV at “excessively high velocity” through the mall’s parking lot and then crashed through Sears ‘ gates. Terrified shoppers believed that gunshots had triggered the glass breaking at the door, attorneys said. He narrowly missed kids as Garcia careened through the SUV shop, witnesses said.
The mall was placed on lockdown rapidly, and there were ambulances up to the scene. Nearby companies and offices were also placed on lockdown during the inquiry. The situation was notified to the FBI and the inquiry was helped.
Javier Gracia Target Bill Wolf, Chief of Police at Schaumburg, issued a press statement stating,
“There is no indication that this was a terrorist attack; there is no indication this was something pre-planned and no indication that the mall itself was a target or thought to be a target ahead of time. There is no indication that the subject involved was working with anybody else. He was by himself.”
While police said he did not target anyone, prosecutors said his cell phone inquiry revealed that he had also searched for one of his former professors twenty-one times, reports the Daily Herald. That former teacher is mentioned in the case as a witness. Prosecutors have not expanded on why the name of the ex-teacher was looking for Garcia. It is also noted that 24 times before the incident he had searched the mall.
Javier Garcia Arrested On Saturday, September 28, Javier was recognized as the driver who was taken into custody and driven into the mall with an SUV. This was after being released from a mental health facility.
Javier Garcia Charges The Schaumburg Police Department said in a press release that he was charged with terrorism, which is a Class X felony, and criminal property damage, a Class 2 felony.
On Sunday, September 29, Garcia was taken to the bond court and ordered to be kept without bail. On October 1, 2019, he is planned to return to trial. He’s in the Cook County Jail.
A felony of Class X typically carries a possible sentence of 6 to 30 years in state prison, but prosecutors said the charge of terrorism has a possible sentence of 20 years to life imprisonment. It is not equal to allegations against federal terrorism. The Schaumburg Police says,
“This is a state charge, based on the following elements: Any act that causes substantial damage to any building containing (5) or more businesses of any type. Substantial damage means monetary damage greater than $100,000.”
The felony of Class 2 is for harm of more than $100,000 to criminal property. A felony of Class 2 carries a possible prison sentence of 3 to 7 years.
A judge said that Garcia was a “danger to the community,” citing the “chaotic scene,” The Sun-Times reports that prosecutors depicted him when ordering him to be held without bail