Wealth of clues led to quick arrest of suspected bomber

by Garry Watts September 21, 2016, 1:13
Wealth of clues led to quick arrest of suspected bomber

A pressure cooker device was also found blocks away, but it didn't explode. Another bomb went off in NY, injuring 29.

Officials said they had no indication there are more bombs or suspects to find, though they warned that they are still investigating.

The first explosion occurred in Seaside Park on Saturday morning ahead of a military charity run.

NY police Commissioner James O'Neill emphasized how a quick law enforcement response led police to identify Rahami as the suspect and take him into custody just 50 hours after the blast in Manhattan.

His father told reporters Tuesday outside the family's fried-chicken restaurant in Elizabeth, New Jersey, that he called the Federal Bureau of Investigation two years ago. Surveillance footage shows a man walking toward the spot where the bomb detonated shortly before the blast, but the placement has police puzzled. Evidence has "directly linked" Rahami to the improvised explosive devices in NY and Seaside Park in New Jersey, he said.

His fingerprints and DNA were found at the scene of the Manhattan bombing, they said.

Both Chelsea bombs were made with pressure cookers.

The Associated Press viewed a blood-stained page of the notebook.

Tannerite, an explosive often used for target practice, can be purchased in many sporting goods stores or online.

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The color of the Chelsea explosion seen in video is indicative of homemade explosive mixtures, possibly Tannerite, said May.

A woman who had a child with the man suspected of setting off bombs in NY and New Jersey has asked a court to give her full custody of their son.

And as investigators work to determine why a man allegedly planted the bombs, there's the race to figure out how he could have done it.

Speaking from the Lotte New York Palace Hotel, where the president is meeting with government officials from across the globe on Monday who are in town for the U.N. General Assembly, the president said he was grateful that no one was killed in the Saturday evening bombing in New York City, but wished the two dozen people who were injured a speedy recovery. This device was found with an unknown dark-colored powder, according to the investigation.

The shootout came after a weekend of fear and dread in NY and New Jersey, with authorities saying the bombings were looking increasingly like an act of terrorism with a foreign connection.

On the brief form, she indicated that she was requesting full custody because the "defendant has been charged with police attempted murder and is now under protective services after possible terrorist related activity in NYC". The men, who said they believed it may have contained valuables, notified police when they saw wires and a pipe inside the bag.

It's unclear if the two men inadvertently deactivated the bomb in the process, Boyce said. They dropped the backpack and immediately went to the police.

Security was stepped up in New York City yesterday, with an additional 1,000 state police officers and state troopers deployed.


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