Two state car chase - man claims to have explosives

9 January 2008: Yousef Abdel ADHAMI, (a/k/a Joseph ADHAMI), 38, who lists his address as 2110 Market Street, Youngstown, Ohio was arrested by Pennsylvania State Police on Monday following a car chase that began in Ohio and ended in a brief standoff in Pennsylvania after ADHAMI claimed to have a bomb strapped to his chest. The suspect was arrested early Tuesday morning by Pennsylvania State Police in a cornfield along PA Route 318, west of Greenfield Road in Lackawannock Township.

Police from Hubbard Township, Ohio began chasing ADHAMI late Monday night, notifying Pennsylvania State Police shortly before 11:00 pm. They picked up the chase and ultimately stopped ADHAMI after he drove his Dodge Neon into a cornfield and threatened to set off explosives. After searching ADHAMI and finding a solid object on his person, police summoned the Explosives Ordnance Disposal Unit from Pittsburgh, PA. Officers from that unit searched the suspect and his vehicle, finding no explosives.

ADHAMI was taken into custody and is charged with fleeing police, terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person and threatening to use weapons of mass destruction. His bail was set at $75,000 after he was arraigned by District Justice Lorinda Hinch. He is currently in the Mercer County Jail.

According to the police source speaking to the Northeast Intelligence Network on the condition of anonymity, ADHAMI is no stranger to law enforcement. He was stopped by Ohio Highway Patrol on 29 June 2000 for traveling 85 mph in a 65 mph zone on Interstate 76, west of SR 534. He is also awaiting trial in Ohio on charges of petty theft, stemming from an arrest on 28 December 2007 by the Austintown Police Department.

According to property records, the address used by ADHAMI is a used car lot owned by AWAMAN Enterprises, Inc. The Northeast Intelligence Network is continuing to investigate this incident.