Monday, May 3, 2010

UPDATE: Suspect In Failed Times Square Bombing in Custody


A suspect in Saturday night's attempted car bombing of Times Square was detained while attempting to flee the country, law enforcement sources reported earlier tonight.

Although an FBI spokesman declined to identify the suspect by name, reports are circulating that the man detained is an American citizen of Pakistani background who had just returned from a trip to the country a few weeks prior. No word on whether or not this was the same man who was seen on surveillance footage from nearby stores leaving the 1993 Nissan Pathfinder before taking off a dark shirt and stuffing it in a bag and fleeing the scene. The suspect was reportedly arrested at JFK airport.

While the Vehicle Identification Number had been removed from the Pathfinder's dashboard, investigators were able to track the vehicle thanks to two separate VINs stamped on the axle and in the engine block of the Pathfinder. The FBI and NYPD were able to trace the vehicle to a Bridgeport, CT college student who listed the vehicle on craigslist and tracked the new owner's e-mail address.

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