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Man mistaken for terrorist, arrested at South Shore

A South Lake Tahoe man of Middle Eastern descent was arrested Thursday after being mistaken for a terrorist wanted by the FBI.

Ghassan Mohammed Zebdaoui, 40, was playing blackjack at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe about 10:15 p.m. when he was spotted on a surveillance camera by security personnel. After checking Zebdaoui’s California driver’s license, Douglas County deputies found he bore only a slight resemblance to Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who is on the FBI’s most wanted list for his alleged involvement in a 1995 plot to bomb airliners flying routes to the United States from Southeast Asia. Mohammed’s place of birth is listed as Kuwait, while Zebdaoui was born in Beirut, Lebanon.

But deputies also found out Zebdaoui was wanted on a 1997 warrant from Reno Justice Court charging him with passing bad checks. He was arrested without incident and released after posting $1,500 bail, according to a jail spokesman.


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