Court filing: Suspect in Bloomington mosque bombing attempted to escape from custody

This booking photo of Michael Hari is of a prior arrest. Photo: Courtesy WICS-TV Springfield
This booking photo of Michael Hari is of a prior arrest.

June 19, 2019 02:17 PM

The alleged ringleader of the of an Illinois-based militia and a suspect in the Bloomington mosque bombing attempted to escape from custody, according to federal court filings. 

The filings say that Michael Hari attempted to escape from custody while he was in transit from Illinois to Minnesota.


The filing also says he had to be put in administrative segregation in the Anoka County Jail because he disabled a security device in his cell.

Hari pleaded not guilty to the bombing in February.

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Two other men, identified as Michael McWhorter and Joe Morris pleaded guilty in January in connection to the bombing.

The August 2017 attack on the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in suburban Bloomington shook the community.

Prosecutors said the men threw a pipe bomb into the mosque that caused an explosion and fire that damaged the imam's office just as morning prayers were about to begin. No one was hurt.

Prosecutors allege that Hari built the pipe bomb for the mosque attack and rented a pickup truck that the men drove to Minnesota. The indictment says they stopped along the way to buy diesel fuel and gasoline that was mixed in a plastic container. It alleges that Morris broke a window with a hammer when they got to the mosque and tossed the container inside, while McWhorter lit the fuse on the bomb and threw it through the broken window as Hari waited back at the truck.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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