A bench trial started on Tuesday for Mustadin Muadinov, a Chicago man who in caused a bomb scare back in February at the floating Hollywood Casino in Aurora, that attracted more than 150 first responders, forced casino evacuation, and closed-area roads.
Prosecutors of Kane County say that Mustadin Muadinov, 30, “cased” the place the day before and told investigators that he wanted Allah to destroy casinos because they were a place of sin.
His attorney argued how Muadinov who was estranged from his family and lived out of a car, went to the casino to get hot and misconstrued his remarks.
In the box truck Muadinov parked in a handicapped / valet area in front of the casino, no bombs or explosives were found and no one was injured.
Joe Cullen, Attorney of the Assistant State, said Muadinov had asked about emergency exits and the chain of command at the casino and also complained about the wearing of the outfits. Muadinov is Muslim, so at the casino he was not playing games or drinking alcohol; he was wearing clothes that were more familiar with Western culture, Cullen said.
Muadinov pulled up in the box truck on the next day, Feb. 12, left and walked in— still wearing traditional Muslim clothing, Cullen said.
Muadinov went on to tell casino officials that he had a “gift” for their ruler and if he wasn’t taken to see President Donald Trump right away, Muadinov would ask God to “take over and destroy” the casino.
“The defendant was intentionally nonspecific when he conveyed the message. The defendant transmitted the threat through words and actions,” Cullen said, noting that Muadinov was actually smiling when he was handcuffed by police. “He continued to make these inflammatory statements.”
Public Defender Assistant Brenda Willett said Muadinov had been separated from his wife and children for three years and was “essentially homeless” while living out the truck. Willett said that when he went to the casino, Muadinov was “staying warm” on Feb. 11.
The next day, Muadinov was called by a casino official to follow up on his concerns about the outfits of waitresses, and Muadinov, who was in the area trying to see his kids, responded quickly.
Willett said her client’s “gift” that was circulating was the message that casinos were poor and needed to be replaced by something that benefited the whole community.
Neither, said Willett, did her client mention a bomb, weapons, or even the word “truck.” “Context will be very important in this case,” claimed Willett.
Muadinov faces a sentence ranging from probation to up to five years in prison if convicted of misdemeanour disorderly behaviour / false bomb or dangerous substance threat. He has been held on $920,000 bail for the last 266 days in the Kane County jail.