Ahmad Khan Rahami, chief suspect in the NYC, N.J. bombings, taken into custody
Ahmad Khan Rahami, the primary suspect in three separate bombing incidents in New York City and New Jersey, was taken into custody in Linden, N.J., after a shootout with police on Monday afternoon, sources tell CBS News.
Rahami, 28, appeared conscious, his upper right arm bandaged and bloodied, as he was loaded into an ambulance in Linden. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday investigators are not looking for any other individual in connection to the explosions.
The assistant director of the FBI’s field office in New York, William Sweeney Jr., said in a news briefing that “there is no indication that there’s a cell” in the area, despite earlier concerns.
The Union County, N.J., Prosecutor’s office announced Rahami has been charged with five counts of attempted murder and two gun charges. Federal officials are still examining the possibility of terrorism-related charges.
Bail for Rahami was set at $5.2 million by state Superior Court Judge Regina Caulfield.
Linden Mayor Derek Armstead said the Afgan immigrant was captured after the owner of a bar reported someone asleep in the doorway of his establishment.
CBS New York reports that when Linden police approached the man, the man raised his head and that’s when one of the officers recognized him as Rahami, Capt. James Sarnicki said.
“The suspect pulled out a gun and fired at the officer and striking him in the abdomen,” Sarnicki said, adding the officer was shot in his bulletproof vest.
Officials say two officers were eventually shot, although neither suffered serious injuries. Rahami was also shot multiple times by officers and was taken to a hospital.
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