Schumer thinks ‘people knew’ of alleged Chelsea bomber’s plan

Reuven Fenton and Sophia Rosenbaum
The New York Post

Someone knew what the Chelsea bomber was planning, Sen. Chuck Schumer said Sunday.

“To me, it seems likely that other people knew, given how open he was about this and he exploded a bomb in his backyard,” the New York Senator said. “But [investigators] haven’t come to a conclusion.”

Police are still trying to piece together the timeline of what drove Ahmad Rahami to plant numerous bombs in New Jersey and New York last weekend.

“They are checking everything. They’re looking carefully at Rahami’s family,” Schumer said. Continue reading

66 88 111 | Captured, New York trash can bomber said to be Ahmad Khan Rahami, September 19, 2016

Zachary K. Hubbard
Free to Find Truth

Notice how the name of the suspect connects with New York perfectly.

His name the small way also connects to ‘Empire’, for ‘Empire State’, NYC.

Remember, if you sum 1-11, it totals 66. New York is the 11th State.

1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9+10+11 = 66

As for today’s headlines, they connect back to ‘chaos’. Again, the Freemasons work with the philosophy of order out of chaos. Today’s date, September 19 can be written 19/9. The number 199 is the 46th prime. Chaos = 46

Notice that he was ‘CAPTURED’ in ‘ELIZABETH’.

The purpose of this news is to poison and program.

The purpose of this news is to confuse you with who your real enemy is.

Remember, the bomb went off on ’23rd’ in New York. They reported the bomb went off at about 8:30. Again, 83 is the 23rd prime. ’23’ also connects to NYPD, the people who really set and detonated the bomb.

Ahmad Khan Rahami’s family claimed anti-Muslim harassment over their fast food restaurant

Edgar Sandoval & Jason Silverstein
The Daily News

The family of the man arrested for bombings in New York and New Jersey owns an embattled fast food restaurant — and their troubled son left a bad taste in patrons’ mouths.

Ahmad Khan Rahami, who was busted Monday morning after a police shootout, worked in his family’s First American Fried Chicken joint in Elizabeth. Police said he also lived with relatives in the apartment above the restaurant.

The family fought for years with the city government over citations and summonses for a series of complaints. Family members then sued the local government and police department for allegedly persecuting them because they are Muslim — but the case has been stayed for more than a year.

Regulars at the restaurant remembered Rahami as a chilling presence behind the counter.

“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.”

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.”

The family opened First American in 2002, according to court documents from their federal civil lawsuit.

Starting in 2008, the restaurant started getting slapped with tickets for allegedly staying open later than allowed, and disturbing neighbors.

The city council eventually passed an ordinance saying the eatery had to shut its doors at 10 p.m., according to Elizabeth Mayor Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. Even then, it didn’t happen, he said.

“I went to the neighborhood meetings and spoke with a lot of neighbors,” Bollwage told The News.

“Not one of the neighbors ever mentioned ethnicity or background or beliefs. The neighbors just wanted sleep.”

But three family members — including Rahami’s father, Mohammad R. Rahami — sued the city government, police department, several cops and at least one neighbor in 2011, accusing all of discriminatory harassment.

The family’s complaint said the restaurant’s troubles “were based solely on animus against plaintiffs’ religion, creed, race and national origin.”

The complaint also accused a neighbor of telling the family, “Muslims should not have businesses here” and “Muslims make too much trouble in this country.” The suit said several officers took the neighbor at his word about complaints without proper investigation.

Ahmad Rahami was not mentioned in the suit.

The case was ordered to be dismissed in 2012, but it has been stayed since last year, court records show.

Two family members were arrested in 2009 for a confrontation with police while an offer served a summons, records show. At least one relative pleaded guilty to preventing an arrest in the restaurant.

Few other details about Rahami’s life were known upon his arrest. His family could not be reached for comment.

Ahmad Khan Rahami Is Arrested in Manhattan and New Jersey Bombings

Marc Santora, William K. Rashbaum, Al Baker and Adam Goldman
The New York Times

Above: Investigators in Elizabeth, N.J., near the last known residence of Ahmad Khan Rahami, who was arrested on Monday in the weekend bombing in Manhattan. Credit Bryan Anselm for The New York Times

The man believed to be responsible for the explosion in Manhattan on Saturday night and an earlier bombing in New Jersey, Ahmad Khan Rahami, was taken into custody on Monday after he was wounded in a gunfight with the police, law enforcement officials said.

The dramatic episode on a rain-soaked street in Linden, N.J., came after the police issued a cellphone alert to millions of residents in the area telling them to be on the lookout for Mr. Rahami, 28, who was described as “armed and dangerous.”

The showdown started around 10:30 a.m. when a resident spotted a man sleeping in the doorway of a bar, officials said.

Capt. James Sarnicki of the Linden Police Department told reporters that an officer approached the man, later identified as Mr. Rahami, and when he woke him, he saw that he had a beard resembling that of the man on the Wanted poster.

The officer ordered Mr. Rahami to show hands, Captain Sarnicki said, but instead, he pulled out a handgun.

He shot the officer in the abdomen, Captain Sarnicki said, but the bullet struck his vest.

“The officer returned fire,” he said. Mr. Rahami fled, “indiscriminantly firing his weapon at passing vehicles.”

Other officers joined the chase, and Mr. Rahami was shot multiple times. At least one other officer was injured during the confrontation.

Shortly after 11 a.m., Mr. Rahami was in custody, seen by witnesses splayed out beside the street, hands cuffed behind his back and his shirt rolled up, officers standing over him with their weapons drawn.

Mr. Rahami, blood pouring from a wound in his shoulder and splattered on his face, was loaded onto a stretcher and taken to University Hospital in Newark.

Mr. Rahami was identified by officials on surveillance video planting the bombs in Chelsea, both the device that exploded on 23rd Street and another that did not detonate a few blocks away. His fingerprint was also found on one of the pressure cooker bombs in Manhattan, according to a senior law enforcement official. Mr. Rahami was also connected to a bombing thattook place earlier on Saturday on the Jersey Shore.

The police believe that he was also responsible for a backpack full of pipe bombs found in Elizabeth, N.J., late Sunday.

President Obama, who arrived in New York on Monday to join other world leaders for the annual meeting of the United Nations’ General Assembly, made brief remarks on the attack.

“Folks around here, they don’t get scared,” Mr. Obama said. “They are tough, they are resilient, they go about their business every single day.”

He also warned of the dangers of exaggerating threats or spreading rumors.

On presidential campaign trail, Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump both used the events to emphasize their different approaches to combating terrorism.

Mr. Trump suggested that law enforcement officials were being stymied in their efforts by political correctness while Mrs. Clinton said his comments were both uninformed and inflammatory.

Even as the candidates skirmished, investigators were trying to learn about Mr. Rahami’s life and possible motivation.

Mr. Rahami was born on Jan. 23, 1988, in Afghanistan. He was described as a naturalized citizen who had been living with his family in Elizabeth, not far from where he was arrested. Neighbors said that several years ago Mr. Rahami traveled to his homeland and when he returned, he showed signs of radicalization. The significance of the visit was not immediately clear. It was not known whether he had any links to an overseas terror organization, or whether he had been inspired by such organizations.

At a news conference on Monday afternoon, law enforcement officials declined to offer details about the investigation.

Assistant Director William F. Sweeney, who heads the F.B.I.‘s New York office, said investigators were working “to completely understand his social network.”

“I have no indication that there is a cell operating in the area or in the city,” he said.

The city’s police commissioner, James P. O’Neill, had directed the entire patrol force of the New York Police Department — 36,000 officers — to step up their vigilance and be on the alert for Mr. Rahami.

Dozens of officers and federal agents zeroed in on locations in New Jersey. At the same time, more than 1,000 officers from the city police force’s Critical Response Command and Emergency Service Unit were working to secure New York City landmarks, commuter hubs and other sensitive sites.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, speaking at a news conference, said that even though Mr. Rahami was in custody, New Yorkers should remain vigilant.

The authorities began to focus on Mr. Rahami on Sunday as they reviewed hours of surveillance video taken from the Chelsea area.

On Sunday evening, increasingly confident that Mr. Rahami might be involved in the bombing, the police rushed to act when they saw a car leaving an address associated with him.

The car was pulled over on the Belt Parkway near the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in Brooklyn. Five people inside were questioned and later released.

Later on Sunday night, the police got a report of a suspicious package near a train station in Elizabeth, N.J.

The F.B.I., called in to investigate, dispatched a pair of robots to examine the bag and determined that it held five bombs, some of which were pipe bombs.

Around 12:30 a.m., the robots tried to clip a wire to disarm one bomb and accidentally detonated it. No one was injured.

The location of the bag was not far from where the Rahami family ran a restaurant, and before dawn federal agents and local police officers were swarming a residential neighborhood of low-rise apartment buildings, multiple-family homes and small businesses.

They searched the restaurant, First American Fried Chicken, and addresses where he was reported to have spent time.

The police also closed and evacuated La Bottega Dei Sapori deli and Sonia’s Beauty, a salon to the left of the restaurant, as well as HR Computer and Communication Services Inc.

Mayor J. Christian Bollwage of Elizabeth, speaking at a news conference on Monday morning, described how the Rahami family had issues with the city in the past.

Mr. Rahami’s father, Mohammad, opened the restaurant about a decade ago and employed his sons, the mayor said.

It was open 24 hours a day, but neighbors complained about rowdy crowds that would gather at the place, often after midnight.

Responding to the complaints, the City Council passed an ordinance that would force the restaurant to close late at night, the mayor said.

“The City Council voted to shut it down at 10 p.m.,” he said. “They kept getting complaints from neighbors, it was a distress to people in the neighborhood.”

The Rahamis did not comply, according to neighbors.

On one occasion when the police came to force the restaurant to close, one of Mr. Rahami’s older brothers got in a fight with a police officer and was arrested. Before the case could be resolved, a restaurant patron said, the son fled to his home country, Afghanistan.

Even as the police scoured the area near the Rahami restaurant, the suspect was seeking shelter from the morning rain under a doorway of a bar in the neighboring town of Linden.

Diego Jeronimo, 36, the owner of a store near where the gun battle unfolded, said he opened his front door and saw a police car parked lengthwise across the street, an officer with his back to him with his gun drawn using the car as a shield. He heard around five shots.

“Then it calmed down a little bit, then we hear seven shots, but they were more distant,” down the block, he said.

Shawn Styles, 30, who works at Linden Auto Body next door, said he saw numerous police vehicles whiz down theavenue.

“Then multiple, multiple shots,” he said.