Here’s Everything We Know About Bombing Suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami

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September 19, 2016 10:49 am
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LATEST: Rahami is now in custody.

New York City police on Monday arrested Ahmad Khan Rahami, a 28-year-old Afghan immigrant, the suspect in two bombings this weekend in New Jersey and New York, after a shootout with police.

Here’s a quick rundown on what we know about him so far.

Rahmi is suspect in three weekend incidents

Rahami was wanted as a person of interest in both the explosions in Chelsea, New York and Seaside Park, New Jersey, where a Marine Corps 5K charity run was scheduled for Saturday morning, police said. Twenty-nine people were injured in New York, but no injuries were reported in Seaside Park.

He was also wanted in connection with an incident in Elizabeth, New Jersey, where five explosive devices were found in a backpack near the train station on Sunday night, according to ABC News.

Based on the FBI’s description, Rahami is 5′ 6″ tall and weighs around 200 pounds. He has brown hair, brown eyes, and brown facial hair.

Shortly before 8 a.m. on Monday morning, the FBI and NYPD sent out a mobile alert to millions of New Yorkers naming Rahami as a suspect. Police said he is considered armed and dangerous.

There is reportedly physical evidence linking Rahimi to blasts

An anonymous senior law enforcement source told ABC News there is physical evidence linking Rahami to the blasts in New York and New Jersey. Another unnamed U.S. law enforcement official told the Los Angeles Times they recovered at least one fingerprint of Rahami’s from the unexploded bomb in Chelsea.

In a press conference on Monday, FBI special agent William Sweeney said there is evidence that has “directly linked” Rahami to the explosive devices planted in New York and in Seaside Park, New Jersey.

Rahami is naturalized citizen who last lived in Elizabeth, N.J.

Rahami is a naturalized American citizen who was born in Afghanistan. His family came to the United States as asylum seekers in 1995, when Rahami was seven years old, according to NBC New York.

His last known address was in Elizabeth, New Jersey, a city about 15 miles outside of New York City. Before 6 a.m. on Monday, law enforcement were searching an apartment above a fried chicken restaurant where Rahami lived with his family.

New Jersey State Police also released new photos of Rahami, who is believed to be the same man seen on surveillance video both at the scene of the explosion in Chelsea, New York and on West 27th Street, where a second undetonated explosive device was found.

The apartment is also near the Elizabeth train station, where a bomb exploded late Sunday as a police robot attempted to diffuse the device.

ABC News reported Rahami is believed to be driving a 2003 blue Honda Civic with New Jersey license plate number D63EYB.

Rahami clashed with the law before, but wasn’t on FBI’s radar

Rahami’s father, Mohammad R. Rahami, along with two of his other sons, sued the City of Elizabeth in 2011, alleging that officials targeted the family’s restaurant, First American Fried Chicken on Elmora Avenue, for ordinance violations based on their ethnicity.

Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage said on Monday that neighbors complained about the restaurant and rejected any claim of ethnic bias.

Investigators also said on Monday that Rahami was involved in an earlier “domestic incident” years ago, noting the allegations were later recanted. They did not have any additional information about that incident, but New York Rep. Pete King said on CNN that Rahami allegedly tried to “stab his sister.”

Sweeney, the FBI special agent, said in the press conference there’s no indication that Rahami was on the FBI’s radar before the bombings.

He was captured after police found him sleeping in doorway of New Jersey bar

A Monday morning call to report a person sleeping in the doorway of a Linden, New Jersey bar led to Rahami’s capture just four miles from his family home.

Police recognized him from the FBI’s wanted posters when they approached Rahami, who was asleep. Linden Police Department Capt. James Sarnicki said when police asked him to put his hands up, he instead opened fire on the officer, hitting him once in his bulletproof vest.

Rahami was later wounded at least twice before he was apprehended and transported to the hospital.

This post has been updated.

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