CRIME

Caleb Russell, Chicago Man, Arrested For Threatening To Blow Up CTA Bus

01/09/2013 06:25 pm ET | Updated Jan 09, 2013

A 23-year-old Chicago man was arrested after he allegedly made a bomb threat while aboard a CTA bus during the Monday rush hour.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Russell was on a westbound No. 66 Chicago Avenue bus near Orleans Street in the city's River North neighborhood when he reportedly yelled that he would "blow this **** up" while shouting derogatory remarks. The man also claimed he was "jihad against the white devil."

Russell allegedly yelled racial slurs at police officers while he was being arrested on the charge of making a bomb threat, a felony. His bond was set at $90,000 on Tuesday, CBS Chicago reports. He is due back in court on Monday.

The incident has prompted conservative blogger Pamela Geller, whose incendiary "Defeat Jihad" ads graced a number of CTA buses last year, to blame CAIR-Chicago, whose executive director Ahmed Rehab sponsored a pro-Muslim "My Jihad" ad campaign in response to Geller's campaign, for allegedly inspiring the bomb threat.

The "My Jihad" ad campaign, which its sponsors say is aimed at spreading awareness of what the word 'jihad" means, hit CTA buses and trains last month and have since expanded to other markets across the country, including San Francisco, where the ads debuted last week.

View photos of the "My Jihad" ads on CTA buses:

#MyJihad Campaign Debuts In Chicago
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