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NYPD: Time Square Suspect White, 40’s

From the Associated Press:

NYPD: Video has possible SUV bomb suspect in alley


May 2, 2010

NEW YORK — Police investigating a terror attack that could have set off a deadly fireball in Times Square focused Sunday on finding a man who was videotaped shedding his shirt near the SUV where the bomb was found.

Police said the gasoline-and-propane bomb was crude but could have sprayed shrapnel and metal parts with enough force to kill pedestrians and knock out windows on one of America’s busiest streets, full of Broadway theaters and restaurants on a Saturday night.

The bomb "looks like it would have caused a significant fireball" had it fully detonated, police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

A large amount of fertilizer rigged with wires and fireworks was found with the bomb, but police said it was not the ammonium nitrate grade that can explode.

The surveillance video shows an unidentified white man apparently in his 40s slipping down an alley and taking off a shirt, revealing another underneath. In the same clip, he’s seen looking back in the direction of the smoking vehicle and furtively putting the first shirt in a bag, Kelly said.

The homemade bomb was made largely with ordinary items, including three barbecue grill-size propane tanks, two 5-gallon gasoline containers, store-bought fireworks and cheap alarm clocks attached to wires.

"The intent of whoever did this to cause mayhem, create casualties," Kelly said.

Authorities didn’t know how deadly the bomb could have been, how it failed or who was responsible.

Police had already identified the registered owner of the 1993 Nissan Pathfinder — which didn’t have an easily visible vehicle identification number and had license plates from another car — and were looking to interview him. Police also were searching more video, believed to be in the possession of a Pennsylvania tourist, of a person spotted near the car…

Timers were connected to a 16-ounce can filled with fireworks, which were apparently intended to set the gas cans and propane afire, Kelly said. The vehicle would have been "cut in half" by an explosion, and people nearby could have been sprayed by shrapnel and killed, he said.

Police had feared that another component — a metal rifle cabinet packed a fertilizer-like substance and rigged with wires and more fireworks — could have made the device even more devastating. Test results late Sunday showed that it was indeed fertilizer — but the New York Police Department’s bomb experts believe it was not a type volatile enough to explode like the ammonium nitrate grade fertilizer used in previous terror attacks, said police spokesman Paul Browne.

The exact amount of fertilizer was unknown. Police estimated the cabinet — with a manufacturer-listed weight of 78 pounds — weighed 200 to 250 pounds when they pulled it from the vehicle…

A Pakistani Taliban group claimed responsibility for the failed attack in a 1-minute video. Kelly and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, however, said police have no evidence to support the claims, and noted that the same group had falsely taken credit for previous attacks on U.S. soil. The commissioner also cast doubt on an e-mail to a news outlet claiming responsibility.

Bloomberg noted that the investigation was in its early stages but said, "So far, there is no evidence that any of this has anything to do with one of the recognized terrorist organizations." …

If the claim is genuine, it would be the first time the Pakistani Taliban has struck outside South Asia. It has no known global infrastructure like al-Qaida.

In at least one past instance, the Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for an attack it played no role in. Mehsud reportedly said his men were behind a mass shooting in March 2009 at the American Civic Association in Binghamton, N.Y., in April 2009. That claim turned out to be false…

At least they didn’t say he was driving a white van.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, May 3rd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “NYPD: Time Square Suspect White, 40’s”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    One of Napolitano’s people, I have no doubt.

  2. Mithrandir says:

    Since when does the media start using race to identify someone in a news story?

    Sounds like they are racially profiling to me!

  3. canary says:

    He did not necessarily look white to me. Dark hair. So, while the rigging is familiar of what terrorists use, that is only evidence they have terrorist.

    Don’t forget the infamous trial of a Pakistan woman that just ended in NY. The trial in which 2 jurors were dismissed out of fear the bearded robed muslim’s making a gun with their fingers and aiming at the jurors as in “bang bang”, and the threats by Pakistan who said they’d get even after she was found guilty.

    Keep Gitmo open.

  4. conant says:

    Identifying him as a white male is RAAACISTTT as well as SEXXISTTT

  5. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    “At least they didn’t say he was driving a white van.”

    You stole my thunder SG.

    And for those of you keeping score at home, this would be the 4th terrorist attack on American soil during our dear leaders 1.25 yrs in office. Luckily for America, the terrorist are more incompetent than Obama or the death toll would be much higher.

  6. Reality Bytes says:


    But ask a Hispanic our side of the border if he’s legal & 50,000 people show up to protest.

  7. proreason says:

    It’s pretty obvious he’s a Christian, isn’t it?

    I can spot em even in low quality videos where you can’t make out the color of a man’s skin.

  8. Right of the People says:

    Just like it was a white guy who did the DC sniper shootings.

    That’s sterotyping AND racial profiling and that’s just wrong.

  9. DANEgerus says:

    Looks like a balding Middle Easterner to me…

  10. sheehanjihad says:

    oh dear….he’s a muslim jihadist! No white guy. Awwwww…poor media.

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