Ahmad Khan Rahami, Wanted for NYC and N.J. Bombings, Arrested After Shooting Police Officer

Ahmad Khan Rahami, Wanted for NYC and N.J. Bombings, Arrested After Shooting Police Officer

Authorities nabbed the man wanted in connection with the weekend bombings in New York City and New Jersey after he shot a police officer Monday morning, according to reports.


Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, was the first person identified in connection with the bombings.

NBC New York and CNN reported that Rahami was in custody after shooting an officer in Linden, N.J. around 11 a.m. Details about the shooting were not immediately released.

The NYPD said Rahami is believed to the tied to the Chelsea bombing from Saturday night, which injured 29 people. Police found a second explosive device four blocks away, but it did not detonate.

Meanwhile, New Jersey State Police want Rahami for a bombing earlier Saturday in Seaside Park, N.J.

Rahami is a naturalized United States citizen who was born in Afghanistan, according to the FBI. His last known address was in Elizabeth, N.J., the city where authorities found pipe bombs in a garbage can Monday morning.

The FBI raided the Elizabeth address in the morning. The apartment is above a restaurant run by Rahami’s father, called First American Fried Chicken.

Regulars there remembered Rahami as a chilling presence.

“He would never talk to you. He would just take your order,” Joshua Sanchez, 24, told the Daily News.

“I don’t know why, but I got a sense that he hated America. There was something weird about him. I never see him with friends. He was always very serious, no girlfriend, no nothing.”

Authorities raiding the Elizabeth address connected to Ahmad Khan Rahami. (MARCUS SANTOS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
Authorities raiding the Elizabeth address connected to Ahmad Khan Rahami. (MARCUS SANTOS/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

Sanchez added, “If you ask me a week ago, I’d say he’s just an a–hole.”

Another regular, 23-year-old Jessica Casanova, told the News, “You could tell nothing is going his way.”

Mayor de Blasio said police were looking into the possibility of a terror cell in New York and New Jersey, but it is “too early to say” if one exists. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said there might be a “foreign connection” behind the New York bombing.

Ahmad Khan Rahami Identified as N.Y., N.J. Bombings Suspect: Officials
Ahmad Khan Rahami Identified as N.Y., N.J. Bombings Suspect: Officials

Law enforcement sources told CBS This Morning Rahami may also be connected to the bombs found in Elizabeth, which accidentally detonated after authorities responded. No one was harmed.

The FBI took five people of interest into custody Sunday night on the Belt Parkway. Authorities said the five might be linked to the Chelsea bombing, and had weapons stashed in their SUV. But no connection between them and Rahami has been confirmed.

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