Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Terror suspect caught at JFK
From Eyewitness News:
Federal authorities arrested the suspected Times Square bomber early Tuesday.
Police say 30-year-old Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized American citizen from Pakistan who lived in Bridgeport, Connecticut, was taken into custody at JFK International Airport around midnight. He was caught while apparently trying to leave the country.
Customs agents took Shahzad without a fight as he tried to board a flight to Dubai. The parking area near Terminal 4 was also sealed off as police searched for explosives. Federal officials say at least three other people close to Shahzad are also under scrutiny in connection with the case.
Federal authorities say they tracked Shahzad over the last two days using evidence from the Nissan Pathfinder left in Times Square. Investigators say Shahzad bought the vehicle a week before the bombing attempt, through a Craig's List ad placed by a family in Connecticut.
Shahzad took the Pathfinder on a test drive in the parking lot of a Bridgeport shopping center, then paid $1,300 for it in $100 bills. The FBI reportedly has a mall surveillance tape of Shahzad driving the car.
Shahzad was questioned for hours by federal agents at Kennedy Airport after he was taken into custody. During questioning, sources say he made statements to federal authorities that he had acted alone. Nonetheless, federal officials continue to track the three associates who may have helped him.
Shahzad is expected to make his first appearance in Federal Court later Tuesday.
Shahzad was taken off Emirates Air Flight 202 to Dubai, which had already left the gate with him on board when federal authorities stopped the plane.
He and two other unnamed passengers were taken off. The plane was then searched. The flight, delayed for seven hours, is now is expected to depart at around 6 a.m.
Shahzad's white Izuzu Trooper was seized the airport, and authorities say a gun was found in the car.