He entered the parking garage directly beneath the Fountain Place building," the FBI affidavit alleged. "Smadi then attempted to ignite and detonate the explosive device by setting the device's time and flipping the power switch on the explosive device." Smadi, after meeting the FBI undercover official, "then dialed the cell phone which he believed would detonate the explosive device." At that point, FBI agents recorded the call being placed and moved in to arrest Smadi.
The FBI declined requests for interview out of Dallas Thursday evening but in the paper statement, Special Agent in Charge Casey said, "This case serves as a reminder of the continuing threats of terrorism we face as a nation and the FBI's resolve to meet those threats. The arrest of Smadi is not in any way related to the ongoing terror investigation in New York and Colorado."
Attorneys for Smadi and Finton could not be reached Thursday evening. Smadi is due to have an initial court appearance Friday in Dallas.