DEARBORN ― On June 1 at around 5 in the evening, the silence of a Dearborn street was broken when a large FBI task force raided a home, just as some residents were preparing to break their fasts.
The FBI said it was conducting an operation related to a “national security issue” at the home on Jonathon Street near Warren Avenue, but that there wasn’t any threat to the public. The task force was made of of local agents and agents and police from another state, according to sources close to the operation.
That didn’t stop neighbors from being shocked and terrified, especially as agents forced everybody to stay inside their homes, they said.
The AANews spoke to neighbors who live on either side of the home, who described the moments when a squad of FBI agents filled the street while state troopers blocked access to the road.
One of the neighbors said the unit in the duplex was occupied by a Lebanese family — a husband and wife, their two young daughters and an elderly man — who had moved in about a month ago.
They kept to themselves and didn’t say much when greeted by anybody outside.
Several agents hauled dozens of small to mid-sized boxes from the home, said the neighbors. Agents also extensively searched the home and backyard.
According to one neighbor, an FBI agent who’d been sitting on the steps of suspect’s home said not to worry, and that they were there to “keep them safe.”
Neighbors also said no arrests were made, but the family left with agents for about an hour before returning home at around 10 p.m. They added word was that the FBI might be looking for the husband, and that the elderly man is most likely a relative.
The AANews attempted to speak to the family, but they turned off all the lights and did not answer the door.
Sources close to the investigation later confirmed that the suspect is Lebanese American who is in custody and cooperating with the FBI. A few hours before the raid, he was questioned at the Bureau’s Detroit office.
The sources said the man, who works as a truck driver, had lived in New York prior to moving to Lebanon for several years. He moved back to Michigan about a year ago.
The paper is withholding the suspect’s name at this time.