The NYPD and FBI are looking for Ahmad Khan Rahami in connection with the Chelsea bombing on Saturday night that injured 29 people. They consider the 28-year-old Afghan-born American citizen armed and dangerous.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said on CNN, “We need to get this guy in right away.” Police and the FBI focused the search on Elizabeth, New Jersey, his last known address.
They describe Rahami as 5’6″ and weighing about 200 pounds. He has brown eyes and brown hair.
If you have information about Rahami call 911 or 800-577-TIPS (8477).
In another development, a bomb exploded near the Elizabeth train station as an FBI bomb squad used a robot to try to disarm it. Elizabeth Mayor Christian Bollwage told the Associated Press that two men spotted a pipe and wires coming out of a backpack.
Law enforcement officials now seem to feel the bombs found in Chelsea, in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, and in Elizabeth, New Jersey share similar elements. They contained small ball bearings “intended to cause maximum damage,” flip phones and tiny Christmas lights to set the bombs off.
Mayor de Blasio on WNYC said, “The public has a crucial role to play here. There is a very extensive effort to find him (Rahami) and bring him in.” He said, “We have not yet formally connected . . .” the New York bombing with the bombings in New Jersey.
The mayor said, “It could be a lone wolf. It could be a group. But right now we have to get this individual in.”