The Latest: Injured New Jersey policeman to visit school
Posted September 21
NEW YORK — The Latest on explosive devices in New York and New Jersey (all times local):
A Linden, New Jersey, police officer injured in a shootout with a man suspected of setting off bombs in New York and New Jersey is headed to a school to thank students for their well wishes.
Officer Angel Padilla will visit Linden School No. 5 on Thursday. Padilla is a member of the school's parent-teacher association and is very involved in events there and in the community.
Students at the school wrote get well cards for Padilla and Officer Pete Hammer, who were hurt in Monday's shootout.
Padilla was shot in the torso, but his bulletproof vest saved him from a more serious injury. Hammer was grazed in the head by a bullet or shrapnel. Both officers were treated at a hospital and have been released.
Two federal law enforcement officials say the wife of a man charged with setting off bombs in New York and New Jersey will return soon to the United States.
One of the officials said Wednesday that Ahmad Khan Rahami's wife made a statement to authorities after walking into the U.S. Embassy in the United Arab Emirates. The other official says investigators believe she left the U.S. for Pakistan in June.
The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the ongoing case.
Rahami's wife is thought to be a Pakistani national.
Rahami is an Afghan-born U.S. citizen. He emailed a congressman seeking help because his pregnant wife had an expired passport during a 2014 visit to Pakistan.
A public defender has sought a court appearance for Rahami so he can hear the federal terrorism charges against him.
Associated Press reporters Jake Pearson in New York and Eric Tucker in Washington, D.C., contributed to this item.
A homeless man who found a backpack filled with bombs in New Jersey on Sunday night is being hailed as a hero.
Authorities say Lee Parker and a friend contacted police after finding the bag near the Elizabeth train station. Federal investigators say the bag was left by New York-region bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami.
Parker says he realized something was wrong with the heavy backpack after seeing wires.
Linda Flores-Tober, executive director of the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless, says she is glad Parker is being recognized. The group is putting Parker up in a hotel and an online fundraising campaign has raised thousands for him and a friend.
Parker says all he wants is a good job.
Police in New York City say hundreds of 911 callers have reported suspicious packages since the Saturday night explosion in Manhattan.
Police say they've received 406 phone calls of suspicious packages throughout the five boroughs between 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Monday.
None of the packages turned out to contain explosives.
Police Commissioner James O'Neill told reporters Wednesday he wants New Yorkers to report what they see.
A pressure-cooker bomb packed with shrapnel exploded Saturday evening in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. More than two dozen people were injured. A second bomb discovered blocks away didn't explode. It was removed by a bomb unit robot.
Federal prosecutors have charged Ahmad Khan Rahami with planting those bombs as well as others in New Jersey.
The FBI has released an image of two men who took a suitcase holding a bomb that didn't explode in New York City.
Federal prosecutors have charged Ahmad Khan Rahami with setting a bomb in New Jersey and two in New York City. One of the bombs left in Manhattan didn't explode.
The FBI issued a poster Wednesday showing "two unidentified individuals" who investigators want to talk to. The agency says the men were seen Saturday night removing the bomb from a piece of luggage, then leaving the device behind while taking the suitcase.
Investigators have said the two men are being sought as witnesses, not suspects.
The FBI released an image of the two men that it says was captured on closed circuit television recordings between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. on West 27th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues.
A New York Police Department deputy commissioner says federal investigators are likely reviewing their previous contacts with a 28-year-old man arrested in connection with a pair of bombings in New Jersey and New York. But he says it does not appear that anything was missed.
John Miller is the deputy commissioner for intelligence and counterterrorism and is testifying in front of the House Homeland Security Committee.
He says Ahmad Khan Rahami "seems like many suspects who come into contact with the system at various times" and was handled "to the extent ... that law would allow."
Miller says a single report that does not generate more information about a potential threat or crime would not allow authorities to follow or investigate a person or their associates indefinitely.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch says the Justice Department intends in the "near future" to bring Ahmad Khan Rahami to New York to face charges in a Saturday night bombing there.
Lynch spoke Wednesday at an International Bar Association conference.
Federal prosecutors in New York and New Jersey issued criminal complaints Tuesday evening charging Rahami in weekend bombings in both those states.
Lynch says she has full confidence in prosecutors' ability to bring Rahami "to justice for his heinous actions." She says the charges reflect the Justice Department's "unwavering determination to finding, capturing and prosecuting all those who attempt to commit or commit acts of terror against our nation."
Rahami is being treated in a hospital after being injured in a shootout Monday with police in New Jersey.
A judge has granted temporary sole custody to the mother of a child whose father has been charged with planting bombs in New York and New Jersey.
A New Jersey judge on Tuesday granted the woman's request, which cited the terror investigation against Ahmad Khan Rahami.
Rahami often was hundreds of dollars in arrears in child support and their custody case was called before a family court judge six times in five years.
A judge approved a visitation agreement between the two in May 2014, ordering that the child spend Christmas and Thanksgiving with the mother and the Muslim holy days Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha with Rahami.
A federal defender is complaining that bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami has not had access to a lawyer since he was arrested in New Jersey on Monday.
David E. Patton said in a letter to a federal judge Tuesday night that Rahami has been held and questioned by federal law enforcement agents since his arrest.
Federal terrorism charges were filed against Rahami on Tuesday night.
Authorities say Rahami planted bombs in New York City and New Jersey over the weekend.
Rahami was wounded in a shootout with police and is in a hospital in New Jersey.
Patton says his office is available to meet with Rahami in New Jersey and represent him at a telephone or videoconference appearance.
Federal prosecutors say bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami bought components online and recorded a video of himself igniting a blast in a backyard. They say he vowed in a handwritten jihad journal that "the sounds of bombs will be heard in the streets."
Court complaints filed Tuesday give a chilling glimpse into what authorities say motivated the Afghan-born U.S. citizen to set off explosives last weekend in New York and New Jersey. One bomb injured 31 people in Manhattan.
The blasts came two years after the FBI looked into him but found nothing tying him to terrorism.
Rahami remains hospitalized with gunshot wounds from a shootout with police that led to his capture Monday outside a bar in Linden, New Jersey.
It's not immediately clear whether Rahami has a lawyer who can comment on the charges.