The New York City Police Department and FBI New York say Ahmed Khan Rahami, the Chelsea bombing suspect, was captured in a shootout today with Linden New Jersey Police–not far from his home in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
Photo courtesy: FBI, NYPD
Linden bartender Harinder Bains told CNN that he saw the suspect sleeping in the hallway of the bar and called police after recognizing him from the suspect’s photo released by authorities this morning. Bains said Linden police arrived within 5 minutes and became involved in a shootout with Rahami before he was taken into custody. The suspect who was shot in the arm was taken to the hospital. The suspect’s fingerprint also was found on a bomb that didn’t explode in New York City. The suspect has been linked to bomb attacks and attempts using pressure cookers and pipe bombs in New York City and Seaside Park, New Jersey this weekend.
Rahami born in Afghanistan became a United States naturalized citizen. He faces 5 counts of attempted murder on police officers, weapons charges and other charges. According to national news reports, the Rahami is not cooperating with authorities. He’s being held on $5.2 million bond, according to New Jersey judicial officials.
“All New Yorkers should feel secure the NYPD will keep them safe and continue this investigation with our partners” tweeted NYPD, FBI New York and NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill.
Posted earlier today:
New York City Police, the New York FBI and authorities are looking for Ahmed Khan Rahami, 28 years old in connection with the Chelsea explosion Saturday night on West 23rd Street in Manhattan. 29 people were hurt, most with minor injuries. One person was seriously hurt. NYPD tweeted all 29 people were released from the hospital Monday.
If you have any information, call 800-577- TIPS Chelsea Explosion.
“New Yorkers will see more heavy weapons teams at events citywide and in subways… in addition to bag checks.” tweeted J. Peter Donald, NYPD Communications and Public Information Commissioner on Sunday night.