Police Capture Ahmad Khan Rahami, Suspect in New York Bombing
The police have captured Ahmad Khan Rahami, the suspect in the Chelsea bombing on Saturday night, after a shootout with the police in New Jersey.
Person wanted for questioning in bombings captured in Linden, New Jersey, authorities say https://t.co/RbUywbO0lf pic.twitter.com/aqZhNqulHg
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) September 19, 2016
Ahmad Khan Rahami on stretcher after shootout with police https://t.co/lZ0fDP6PuV #kprc2 pic.twitter.com/slPnFa1ebE
— KPRC 2 Houston (@KPRC2) September 19, 2016
FBI Special Agent William Sweeney confirmed that authorities have “directly linked” Rahami to the attacks in New York and New Jersey.
The New York Daily News reported that three men recognized Rahami as he slept outside a bar. They immediately called the police:
Jack Mazza, 55, a mechanic who works at a shop around the corner, said he and a friend named Harry were walking past Harry’s bar, called Merdie’s Tavern. They spotted a male in a hoodie, initially thinking he was a bum sleeping in a sort of vestibule out front.
“Harry said, ‘That’s the guy. That’s the guy that planted the bomb,’” Mazza said. “I said ‘No, it’s not – you can’t even see his face. How do you know?’ Because he had a hoodie on. I bent down and looked at him and said, I don’t know. Call the cops if you think it’s him.”
“A few minutes later the cops showed up and the guy pulled out a gun and started shooting through the glass at them. Then he ran out and took off down Elizabeth Avenue.”
When the police arrived, they got into a shootout:
“I heard some gunfire from across the street of my store, then I saw man walking down the street with a gun in his hand. He took six shots at a police car,” said Peter Bilinskas, the owner of Bilinskas Brother Bowling Shop in Linden.
“I’m very glad that when he was shooting at the police car it didn’t go through my building. When I saw him walking with the gun, I moved away immediately.”
From The New York Times:
The dramatic episode on a rain-soaked street in Linden, N.J., came after the police issued a cellphone alert to millions of residents in the area telling them to be on the lookout for the suspect, who was described as “armed and dangerous.”
Photos from the scene showed a man believed to be Mr. Rahami laying on the sidewalk, hands cuffed behind his back and his shirt pulled up exposing his stomach and chest, with a police officer standing over him.
Witnesses said they saw police shoot at a man who was running away. One person who was too rattled to give his name said the victim appeared to have been shot more than once and was “still twitching.”
He also said it appeared a police officer was shot.
“Lotta’ lotta’ gunfire,” said Derek Pelligra, manager of Linden Auto Body.
The Washington Post reported that one cop was shot in the hand while another was shot in the bullet proof vest he wore. However, no one knows exactly who shot the cops.
From Fox News:
An eyewitness to Rahami’s capture in Linden, NJ told Fox News that he saw a man walking down a street with a gun in his hand. A police car pulled up next to him and the man fired at cops 4-6 times. The shooter then began running down the street with several police cars trailing him, the witness, Peter Bilinskas, said.
The authorities also wanted him in connection to explosions in New Jersey over the weekend:
“You have some similarities among the bombs and the way they were made and put together and some of the technology that was used in the bombs,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said on “CBS This Morning.” “So there is some suggestion that there might have been a common identity across all the bombs. But again this is preliminary.
“I suspect there might be a foreign connection. That’s what we’re hearing today as the investigation goes on.”
The explosion in Chelsea injured 29 people Saturday night. Earlier in the day, a garbage can exploded on the same route at a Marine Corps charity run in New Jersey.
Later that night, police also discovered “a backpack with multiple bombs inside” in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
We will update as authorities release more information.
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Will the leftist media (meaning the majority of print and broadcast media) now scramble to find ways to link his actions to something about America or our culture? Perhaps he was criticized at work. Or maybe he hasn’t been able to find the best job. All due to racism or fill-in-the-blank-phobia. And clearly he wouldn’t be enticed through making connections over the internet if only our past behavior had been different.
Bingo. Drudge already has the link.
Great news is that all 29 victims of the NYC bombing have been released from hospital.
One NJ LEO was shot in the chest, but was wearing body armor or the equal. No serious injury to that officer.
A second officer is reported to have injuries from flying glass from the shooting.
Very nice work by the cooperating agencies and the thin blue line.
Ahmad, enjoy the phonebook therapy and the screeching heavy metal.
He’ll probably sue everyone again now. Invasion of privacy, racism, police brutality, racism, exposing his big fat belly to the world, racism, also, racism racism racism.
OT: U.S. Government mistakenly grants citizenship to 858 people from “countries of concern to national security”.
Trump is the one who said we should put on moratorium on immigration from countries with a high risk of terrorism until the government knows what the hell it is doing, and now we learn the government doesn’t know what the hell it is doing.
Seems like that by displaying their incompetence they are unconsciously trying to elect Trump.
He does look rather well-fed though. Apparently life in the US as an Afghan refugee wasn’t treating him too badly.
I hope he doesn’t sue me for body-shaming him there.
No doubt a lot of local pets have gone missing.
Another co-share winner of today’s internets.
That is another example of why Islam should not and cannot exist in America. Wake up! The problem is Islam!
From the pictures, it would appear as if that poor terrorist suffers with pneumonia. Maybe it’s just the company he keeps…
He was literally asleep in a bar.
The confrontation happened at about 10:30 a.m., when an owner of a Linden bar reported that someone was sleeping in a hallway of his establishment, Linden Mayor Derek Armstead told ABC New York station WABC.
“One of our police officers went to investigate and to wake him up, and realized that he was [Rahami], the suspect that had been being sought in the bombings,”
He looks pretty well immobilized.
Puts a slight damper on the possibility that he’ll be “shot while trying to escape.”
It’s not actually a police officer’s job to carry out on-the-spot extrajudicial executions. I know some of you cop-fetishists get a tingle up your leg every time some non-white “bad guy” gets shot in the streets rather than being allowed a fair trial, but you need to tone it down once in a while.
I attributed his comment to frustration with administration inaction and even bias toward criminals but I see your point. But now our over-protective instincts convey to bombers-of-color?
Well Team Grandma has responded with their usual vacuous, defensive rant…blame Trump. They had all night to work on it and this is it?
Hillary — who turned Lybia over to ISIS — is accusing Trump of treason?
Notice the pattern of her delivering 5-10 line bursts consisting of shrill, worn tropes then vanishing for the rest of the day. The slack is taken up by her fellow hacks including drone #1, Barry.
Perfect. You nailed it, Jack.
That’s just utterly insane.
Give those officers more range time.
My first thought as well Old.
Deadly accurate at the range however is quite different when your adrenalin is pumping overtime.
Awesome to see the police catch him so quickly. Awesome too to see them take him alive and deny him the martyrdom so many jerkhadi’s seek for their deeds. Hopefully we can squeeze some good info out of him in case he didn’t act alone on these bombings.
He had to learn how to make cell phone triggered bombs from somewhere.
Definitely looks like a job really well done.
I love that they trusted their community enough to put out the suspect’s picture and it worked.
(Much better than ordering a city-wide curfew and sending armored personnel carriers through the streets…)
He can’t be right guy — he’s not a redneck! /sarc
BTW, whose flag do we outlaw this time?
The fact, that so many of these bat-shit-crazy cretins who shoot and blow up various people and property, happen to be Muslim is just a coincidence.
I’m sure it has nothing to do with their religion being something invented by a desert bandit so he could whip up assabiya in nomads so they would go conquer civil society for loot and p*ssy…
From the cars in the picture it looks like he was arrested in Santo Domingo.
It seems to me that Jack Burns has some experience outside of the the good old US of A. I think all college age kids should be required to leave the States for a year before they can return. Until you have traveled overseas you will have no idea of the possibilities and future you can have here in America. Even those mired in poverty in this county have a high standard of living compared to many countries in our southern hemisphere.
Along with that- I think all newly elected congresscritters ought be required to take an orientation BUS TRIP across the United States, covering as many states as possible. I was reminded on my most recent cross country trip of some things I knew, but had pushed to the back of my mind. Like interstate exits that exit onto dirt roads. I honestly don’t think a lot of the urban congresscritters have ever seen that. This time I didn’t take any roads with signs that said “Last gas for 300 (or some other number) miles”, but I know they’re out there. Mass transit doesn’t work in areas like that. And the police, ur, sheriff isn’t 2 minutes away. And fire department? What’s that?
I have but the call out of Santo Domingo was arbitrary. Actually the burned out Bug and Bus in the background reminded me of Cuba, or Mexico. There are places in the States that are 3rd world dirt poor. With more concerted action by the Democrats, there will be a lot more.
Don’t sweat it Jack. I travel all over the world, many 3rd world countries, and my first thought when viewing that picture was Mexico, and not Mexico City either. I mean heh, one beat up bug, one beat up VW bus, and a 3rd bug fender peeking out. Come on.
obama will grant him a pardon because minorities make up way too many of the prisoners.
Could also be the guy is just an extremist conservative who never should have been in New York to begin with? Probably a hater of gay people.
ALBANY – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo says “extreme conservatives” don’t fit in with most New Yorkers.
“If they are extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York,” Cuomo said in a radio interview Friday.
Cuomo defined “extreme conservatism” as being “anti-gay” by opposing same-sex marriage rights, opposed to abortion rights and favoring legalization of assault weapons. Cuomo officials later said the governor’s remarks were aimed at “extremist” conservative Republican candidates.