Video: Federal prosecutors claim this video shows the explosive device detonating inside the Egg Harbor Cafe June 1, 2020.
An Aurora man charged last year with throwing an explosive device into a Naperville restaurant in the midst of civil unrest following the police killing of George Floyd has pleaded guilty, federal officials announced.
Diego Vargas, 26, entered a guilty plea Thursday on a single count of maliciously attempting to damage and destroy a building by means of an explosive device, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois.
According to a plea agreement, Vargas threw a street pole through a window of the Egg Harbor Cafe in Naperville June 1, 2020. He then threw a “lit explosive device” into the building, which caused two explosions, according to the plea.
He faces 5-20 years in prison at sentencing.
In his plea, Vargas also admitted that one night earlier, he tried to steal cash from an ATM in Aurora. Vargas worked with two others to try and get cash from the machine, located at a First Midwest Bank, the plea states.
Vargas used a baseball bat to hit the ATM before pulling down a street pole and using that to try and pry the machine open, according to the plea. He and the others also unsuccessfully tried to pull the ATM from where it was anchored down.
At the time, the ATM was holding just over $50,000, while the damage to the ATM totaled $40,000, the plea states.
Vargas’ sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 2.