CHICAGO — A Polish national, who bragged that he could blow up a Chicago bridge during the NATO Summit in Chicago in May 2012, was deported to Poland Wednesday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).
Sebastian Senakiewicz, 25, was repatriated to Warsaw, Poland, Aug. 14 via commercial aircraft, and accompanied by two ERO enforcement officers.
On May 17, 2012, Senakiewicz was arrested by the Chicago Police Department on charges of making a false terrorist threat after claiming to have enough homemade explosives to blow up a train overpass during the NATO Summit in Chicago in May 2012. According to court documents, Sanakiewicz stated that he had built two explosive devices that he had hidden in a hollowed-out "Harry Potter" book at his Chicago residence.
Senakiewicz pleaded guilty in Cook County Circuit Court Nov. 6 and was sentenced to four years in prison. The sentence was appealed and later reduced to Cook County boot camp.
Senakiewicz was released on an unknown date without being turned over to ICE pursuant to an immigration detainer that was lodged May 21 at the Cook County Jail. ERO officers located and arrested Senakiewicz July 17 after he was released from boot camp. Senakiewicz, who was living in the United States illegally, is a self-admitted anarchist and member of the "Black Bloc" anarchist group.
"Mr. Senakiewicz thought he could make threats against the City of Chicago with impunity," said Ricardo Wong, field office director for ERO Chicago. "He was wrong on many levels, and now this convicted criminal has been removed from the United States in the name of public safety."
ERO is focused on smart, effective immigration enforcement that targets serious criminal aliens who present the greatest risk to the security of our communities, such as those charged with or convicted of homicide, rape, robbery, kidnapping, major drug offenses and threats to national security. ERO also prioritizes the arrest and removal of those who game the immigration system, including immigration fugitives or previously deported criminal aliens who have illegally re-entered the country.