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Suspect in bomb blasts in N.Y., N.J. held on $5.2 million bail

September 20, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Suspect in bomb blasts in N.Y., N.J. held on $5.2 million bail

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The primary suspect accused in the New Jersey and New York bomb blasts this past weekend was captured Monday following a dramatic shootout with police, and currently, remains held in custody on a $5.2 million bail.

Police arrested 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami, an Afghan immigrant, and naturalized U.S. citizen after cops found him sleeping in the doorway of a local bar in New Jersey Monday morning.

Rahami, who remains at a hospital after suffering gunshot wounds, was charged late Monday with multiple counts of attempted murder of a police officer in Union County Court and ordered held on $5.2 million bail.

The suspect is also expected to face federal charges in connection with the bombings. It’s not yet clear if Rahami has retained an attorney.

Authorities identified Rahami as the primary person of interest in Saturday night’s explosion in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood injuring 29 people. He is also a suspect in bomb blasts at a military charity run in New Jersey’s Seaside Park on Saturday morning, and Sunday evening’s failed attack at an Elizabeth, New Jersey train station.

He is suspected of leaving a backpack containing five devices in a backpack near the train station in Elizabeth. A bomb detonated after a bomb robot sent attempted to disarm one of the five explosive devices.

Authorities tracked down Rahami following a brief manhunt after the owner of a Linden, New Jersey bar saw a man sleeping in his doorway Monday morning and contacted police.

Rahami reportedly shot a responding officer, identified by the Linden mayor’s office as Angel Padilla, in the abdomen. A second police officer identified as Detective Pete Hammer had a bullet graze his head.

Both officers are expected to recover.

Police shot Rahami at least once in the leg and apprehended the suspect alive, Union County Prosecutor Grace Park said.

Rahami underwent surgery at University Hospital in Newark where he remains in intensive care, Fox News confirmed.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo conceded a possible terrorist link to reporters on Monday.

“Today I believe we’re going to find out that [the bombing] was influenced by foreign sources,” Cuomo said at a news conference.

Federal law enforcement officials refuted earlier reports suggesting the possibility of a terror cell operating in New York and New Jersey.

“There is no indication that there’s a cell in the area,” assistant director of the FBI’s field office in New York, William Sweeney Jr., said in a statement.

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