Misunderstanding Set Off Kansas City Bomb Scare?
This would be humorous without the backdrop of what’s going on at our embassies around the world. However we’ve caused this guy enough grief, and he provided valuable help in previous terror cases. I’m also in favor of the Chiefs giving this guy back his season tickets which were revoked in 2003.
Officers closed off several blocks of traffic near the Richard Bolling Federal Building following the incident Friday, and sent a bomb-sniffing dog and robot to search the man’s car. The more than four-hour search turned up nothing threatening, according to the FBI.
Law enforcement didn’t identify the man, but Wahed Moharam, who lives in the suburb of Grain Valley, told The Associated Press late Friday he was the man and confirmed his car was searched. He said he wasn’t in any trouble and was never detained.
“The FBI treated me very well and they even took me home to make sure I am safe,” said Moharam, who was a key witness for prosecutors several years ago in the first World Trade Center bombing case. “Whoever said, ‘I have a bomb and this,’ is untrue. I never said, ‘I have a bomb’ or anything whatsoever in that manner.”
FBI special agent Michael Kaste said earlier Friday that the large-scale response was based on the “initial limited information” police had from witnesses, adding: “The primary concern was for the public’s safety, which made the actions today necessary.”
Moharam said he walked into the building and asked to speak to someone with Homeland Security to get more information following the traffic stop a day earlier. He said he’d been pulled over by a Jackson County sheriff’s deputy, who told him his name had been flagged, and was later surrounded by five sheriff’s vehicles but wasn’t cited for anything.
Moharam said he was polite at the federal building, and that the individuals to whom he spoke were polite. He said an officer asked if authorities could search his car, and he answered yes, gave them his car key and offered to take them to the vehicle, but they declined. He said he waited in the building with the officials, and that they bought him a Starbucks coffee.
“I had no clue what was going on outside. I gave them the key. I didn’t mean to cause any problem,” said Moharam, who said he moved to the U.S. 35 years ago from Egypt. “I have nothing to hide. I have no intention of doing any harm.”