“CLEAN inside and out!!… It does have some rust as you can see in the picture, but other than that, it runs great.”
ADVERTISEMENT for the infamous blue Nissan Pathfinder rigged as a crude car bomb, from a car sales website and a listing on Craigslist; according to the New York Times the car had 141,000 miles and was going for $1,300.
Federal agents and police detectives arrested a Connecticut man, a naturalized United States citizen from Pakistan, early Tuesday in connection with the failed Times Square car bombing, according to people briefed on the investigation.
The man, Faisal Shahzad, was believed to have recently bought the 1993 Nissan Pathfinder that was found loaded with gasoline, propane, fireworks and fertilizer in the heart of Times Square, one of the people briefed on the development said.
Mr. Shahzad was taken into custody at Kennedy Airport, apparently trying to flee, one of the people said. Charges against Mr. Shahzad, who had returned recently from a trip to Pakistan, were not announced.
The authorities began focusing on him after they tracked the vehicle to its previously registered owner in Bridgeport, Conn., who had advertised it for sale on several Web sites. He paid cash, and the sale was handled without any formal paperwork.
The former owner told investigators that it appeared the buyer was of Middle Eastern or Hispanic descent, but could not recall his name. It was unclear how agents from the Joint Terrorist Task Force identified him. Federal authorities provided few details on Monday night about the arrest, the suspect or the scope of any conspiracy in the failed attack.
The authorities have been exploring whether the man or others who might have been involved in the attempted bombing had been in contact with people or groups overseas, according to federal officials.
Cops today in Times Square, Manhattan. Just like any other day, until…
THE SEARCH New York City police released surveillance video of a man, believed to be a white male in his 40’s, who was walking away from the area as he looked over his shoulder and removed a layer of clothing. In the video, passerby don’t seem to take notice of man, who has been termed a “person of interest” by law enforcement officials. (Screencap from surveillance video via the New York Times; article here)
I kinda loved that that lady in red (background) was just milling about 45th Street while the NYPD’s robot (foreground) was trying to defuse a crude bomb.
New Yorkers. Unshakeable, and unfuckablearoundwith.
Front page, New York Daily News, Sunday 2 May 2010.
Front page, New York Post, Sunday 2 May 2010.
“I did a lap around the vehicle. The inside was smoking. I smelled gunpowder and knew it might blow. I thought it might blow any second.”
New York City police office WAYNE RHATIGAN, who was the first cop to come upon the car bomb in Times Square; he, along with two rookie cops, evacuated hundreds of passers-by in the area before the Fire Department and Bomb Squad arrived.
(photo and article via the New York Daily News)
HURT LOCKER’D A police officer in a bomb suit examined a sport utility vehicle carrying a failed explosive device in Manhattan’s Times Square earlier this morning. (Photo: Brendan McDiarmid / Reuters via the New York Times)
“We’ve been saying for an awful long time: terrorists around the world, who feel threatened by the freedoms that we have in this country, and want to take those freedoms away from us, always focus on the symbol of those freedoms - and that is New York City. And that’s why we keep saying to Homeland Security and the Congress that Homeland Security funds should come to where there is a threat, and these things invariably… come back - to New York.
…When you see something, you say something. And that’s why this City is safe, and we should all go about our business. Tomorrow [sic] the weather’s gonna be nice, it’s a Sunday, and people should go and enjoy themselves.”
– NYC Mayor MICHAEL BLOOMBERG