Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Times Square Incidents

Times Square Incidents --- ===

  • Times Square – 42nd Street (New York City Subway)#Foiled terrorist attack, a planned attack on the Times Square subway station, September 2009

  • March 6, 2008 Times Square bombing, an attack on a US armed forces recruiting station

  • 2010 Times Square car bombing attempt, a failed car bomb attack

  • *Timeline

    May 18, 2017 2017 Times Square car rampage a car driven by Richard Rojas accelerated into a deliberate u-turn to drive wrong way crashed in Times SquareNew York City. One person was killed and 20 were injured. Rojas was charged with second degree murder, five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and 20 attempted murders. A preliminary investigation found no evidence that the crash was an act of terrorism.  After being detained, Rojas, a military veteran, was found to have ingested phencyclidine before the crash. When interviewed by the NYPD, he said he wanted to die by suicide by cop, and that he had been hearing voices.

    Alternative theory: Initially blamed on driver's drunk driving history, he is obviously lying when he says it is because he wanted to commit suicide by cop, god or voices told him to kill people, or because he took drugs. He was in perfect control of the car, not driving erratically all the way until Times Square which has been hit by previous bombing attacks and plots

    Brooklyn man arrested for plotting terror attack in Times Square for ISIL Nov 21, 2016 - Brooklyn man arrested for plotting terror attack in Times Square for ... to ISIL is a sharp reminder of the evolving threat of global terrorism. ... ISIS and Al Qaeda are center stage in two terror cases in the same NY court district.

    ISIS SOUGHT TO EMULATE NICE TRUCK ATTACK IN TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK COURT HEARS 11/22/16   A taxi driver was charged Monday with trying to join ISIS and expressing his support for a truck attack in Times Square. U.S. authorities charged a New York City taxi driver Monday with attempting to join the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) and expressing support for a truck attack in Times Square to emulate the July incident in Nice, France, that left 84 people dead.  The criminal complaint against 37-year-old Yemen citizen Mohamed Rafik Naji, heard in a federal court after his arrest Monday, does not suggest he was planning an assault on the New York landmark, but revealed that ISIS had been plotting to direct or inspire an attack there.

    Glenn Broadnax Times Square Standoff  Sep 16, 2013 - A few days later, police chased a knife-wielding man several blocks from Times Square to 37th Street after he had threatened an officer

    Times Square Double Deck Bus Crash Arrested Suspected DUI Cleared  August 5, 2014 14 injured, 2 buses and light pole damaged, driver declared hero blamed on mechanical failure  Times Square Double Deck Bus Crash ...

    2010 Times Square car Taliban bombing attempt - Wikipedia On May 1, 2010, an attempted terrorist attack occurred in Times Square in Manhattan, New York. Two street vendors alerted New York City security personnel after they spotted smoke coming from a vehicle, and a car bomb was discovered. The bomb had been ignited, but failed to explode, and was disarmed before it caused any casualties.Two days later, federal agents arrested Faisal Shahzad, a 30-year-old Pakistan-born resident of Bridgeport, Connecticut, who had become a U.S. citizen in April 2009. He was arrested after he had boarded Emirates Flight 202 to Dubai at John F. Kennedy International Airport. He admitted attempting the car bombing and said that he had trained at a Pakistani terrorist training camp, according to U.S. officials. United States Attorney General Eric Holder said that Shahzad's intent had been "to kill Americans." Shahzad was charged in federal court in Manhattan on May 4 with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and other federal crimes related to explosives. More than a dozen people were arrested by Pakistani officials in connection with the plot. Holder said the Pakistani Taliban directed the attack and may have financed it. October 5, 2010, Shahzad was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to a 10-count indictment in June, including charges of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting an act of terrorism.

    Times Square – 42nd Street (New York City Subway)#Foiled terrorist attack, a planned attack on the Times Square subway station, September 2009 Najibullah Zazi and alleged co-conspirators were arrested in September 2009 as part of an al-Qaeda Islamist plan to engage in suicide bombings on trains in the New York City subway system, including near the Times Square station, during rush hour that month, and Zazi has pleaded guilty.[44][45][46][47]

    Times Square Recruiting Center Bomb Military Installation Attack A bomb exploded in front of a Times Square recruiting center in March of 2008. The blast went off around 3:45 ...

    2008 Times Square bombing - Wikipedia On the morning of March 6, 2008, an unknown individual placed a small bomb in front of a United States Armed Forces recruiting station in Times Square, Investigators have noted the similarities between the Times Square bombings and past bombings in New York. In 2005 an individual riding a bike threw a grenade in front of the British consulate. A similar incident occurred in front of the Mexican consulate, which also involved an individual throwing a grenade in front of the window. Like the Times Square bombing, both incidents took place in the early morning hours and involved a man riding a bicycle. Investigators have not linked the incidents.  

    Anarchist Men With Photos of Times Square Recruiting center Flee Canada Border Agents After the bombing, investigators revisited an incident that occurred on the Canada–United States border. In February 2008, four men attempted to cross the border into Canada from New York. While they were being questioned by Canadian border agents, one of the men fled from the car, getting away.  He left behind a backpack, inside of which pictures of New York City locations were found, including pictures of the Times Square recruiting center. At the time of the incident U.S. authorities did not find any evidence of criminal activity.  Investigators have not linked the bombing to the border incident. The men have been described as "anarchist types". A U.S. government official has stated he strongly doubts a link between the border incident and bombing will be found, noting that the recruiting center is in a prominent location in Times Square and would most likely appear in pictures taken at Times Square. "Canada-U.S. border incident linked to Times Square bombing". March 7, 2008. Retrieved June 11, 2008.

    F.B.I. Cites 'Persons of Interest' in 2008 Times Square Bomb Case ... 15, 2015 - The bombing, at a military recruitment station, did not injure anyone but was similar to two other attacks on high-profile Manhattan locations in ...May 1, 2013 Terrorista #1, Other Kazakh Muslim Student Visa Violator Helped Tsarnaevs Scout Times Square Bomb Location By Debbie Schlussel Last week, when news broke that the Tsarnaev Bros were planning to take their jihad to Times Square and bomb the place, I thought of the photos that surfaced of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s two Muslim Kazakh friends, Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, photographed with him in Times Square. (The two were charged today, along with a U.S. citizen–probably also a Muslim, with obstruction of justice and lying to police.) From the Times Square photos, including the ones below, it sure looked to me like they were there NOT as tourists but as fellow jihadist scouts seeking the best location and other details for bombing Times Square.