Camouflaged Man Armed With A Loaded AK-47 Arrested In Dearborn Park
(NTARC) A 26-year-old Dearborn resident, Houssein Zorkot, was arraigned in 19th District Court Tuesday on several felony charges, including carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent.
Zorkot, a third-year medical student at Wayne State University, was allegedly armed with an AK-47 assault rifle and dressed in black clothing with camouflage paint covering his face when he was arrested Saturday in Hemlock Park.
According to police, Zorkot was observed attempting to leave the park in a black SUV after officers had received reports of a man carrying a rifle in the area. He was placed under arrest and is scheduled to undergo a preliminary examination at 9 a.m. Sept. 21 in 19th District Court.
Zorkot has also been charged with one count of possession of a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle and one count of felony firearm. He remains in custody on a $1 million bond.
UPDATE: We have identified a number of websites apparently linked to Zorkot including a personal family site.
From an entry at one of the sites.
“Houssein Zorkot – Hello, I’m here in the States studying to be a doctor. Lebanon is a beautiful country and I am proud to be Lebanese! I’m also an artist and kickboxer and like to read in my spare time.”
It’s probably only a matter of time before traffic to the personal site knocks it offline.
UPDATE: From the Detroit News After his arrest, police sought a warrant at the man’s home, where they seized a laptop computer and several pictures. No other guns were found in the house.
The man also had visited Lebanon within the past month, police said.
Bond was set at the unusually high rate because it was unclear whether he was dangerous, Mayor John “Jack” O’Reilly said. The gun was purchased the night before in a nearby suburban community, O’Reilly said.
“The bond was set because of the nature of this,” O’Reilly said. “We can’t be sure he might not be a threat. We really don’t have enough information to know what his intent was. The indication is he better not be released right now until we know what he is up to.”
He was charged with one court of carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent, a five-year felony and a two-year felony firearm charge. He also was charged with possessing a loaded firearm in a vehicle, a two-year misdemeanor.
Dearborn police have called in the FBI to help with the case. FBI spokesperson Dawn Clenney confirmed they had been contacted about the case, but declined to discuss the issue any further.
“We are aware of the situation. It’s their situation,” Clenney said. “Beyond that it would be inappropriate to comment.”
A preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 21.
O’Reilly said although the man had recently visited Lebanon, he was cautious to indicate there was a larger terrorism issue brewing so close to the Sept. 11 anniversary.
“I really wanted not to let it become more of a bigger issue to be played out,” O’Reilly said. “The real story will come out when he is bound over.”
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