Mykyta Panasenko, a Jersey City man carrying two explosive devices was caught by the police in New Jersey. This happened just eight days before the Boston Marathon blasts that claimed three lives and left 176 injured.
26-year-old Panasenko, was arrested on April 6 at Hoboken train station, aboard a transit train bound for Suffern, New York. He was found carrying two homemade explosives.
Panasenko’s arrest was not reported publicly by the police authorities. The reason behind the hushed-up trial of the man is unknown.
The explosive material was also found at Panasenko’s residence and he has also been charged with ‘recklessly creating widespread risk of injury or damage to a building which normally contains 25 or more persons by constructing the explosive devices.’
The NY Daily News, on the other hand has reported that the man said he was carrying fireworks, not bombs and detonated them on April 7 in the woods outside Suffern “for fun.”
The Jersey City police said there was no indication that he had intended to detonate a device on a transit system. The same news source has also cited that Panasenko was later released after hearing his charges.
Although this incident occurred just eight days before the Boston Marathon explosions, the news of Panasenko’s plot, trial, charges and release have emerged in the mainstream media in the past two or three days. And even now, not many details have been disclosed regarding the Jersey City man.
The media is usually hypersensitive with matters concerning explosive devices found on people in the United States.
On the contrary, even before the Boston Bombings suspects were pursued by the law enforcement authorities, dozens of theories in the international media regarding the religion, ethnicity and nationality of the bombers had begun to surface. A kind of witch hunt had started on the internet regarding the true identities of the bomb plotters.
Based on certain pre-assumptions, a Saudi man was arrested in Boston who, according to the FBI, was acting oddly. The man who was hurriedly caught as a possible suspect was highlighted by the major news organizations and several media persons. The whole ‘Saudi’ element was blown up like a balloon and it also trended all over the social media. One major news outlet falsely associated the Saudi man’s roommate with the blasts.
It was later revealed that the Saudi suspect was not one at all. In fact, he was a witness and a victim of the explosions.
Had Panasenko been a brown-skinned man or had a surname suggesting Islamic association, the case would have been handeled a lot differently. By now, we would have even known about his possible aunts and uncles living in different continents of the world.
All that has been revealed about Mykyta Panasenko’s identity is from his social networking accounts such as Linkedin and Facebook. According to the information available on his web pages, he lived in New Jersey but is originally from Kiev, Ukraine. He went to Rutgers University in New Brunswick and worked as a mathematician at High 5 Games, a casino games manufacturing company. As of now, not the slightest details (assumptions or conspiracy theories) about his religious associations or alleged terrorism motives have not been released or revealed.