Here's What We Know About Alleged New York Terror Suspect Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov

Here's What We Know About Alleged New York Terror Suspect Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov

The suspect bragged from his hospital bed about the incident and told police he was pleased.

Published November 1, 2017

After the terrifying attack in lower Manhattan on Tuesday which killed at least eight people and injured over a dozen, information about the arrested suspected is coming to light. 

Here's what we know about the man identified as the terror suspect:

  1. Multiple reports, including ABC News and CBS News, identified the suspect as 29-year-old Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov
  2. According to ABC, Saipov entered the country in 2010 under a visa lottery program

    Saipov is originally from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and entered the United States in 2010 through the Diversity Visa Lottery, reported ABC News. The program was  started in 1995, according to the State Department. About 55,000 visas are given out per year to applicants.

    Saipov then became a legal permanent resident and has lived in Cincinnati, Tampa and Paterson, New Jersey, where he most recently lived with his wife and three children, according to a law enforcement official. 

  3. Video taken from the Tuesday shooting shows Saipov dodging traffic before his arrest

    Saipov rented a truck from a nearby Home Depot and used the in the attack by driving down the bike lane along the West Side Highway. 

    He drove for several blocks before slamming into a school bus, which brought him to a stop. Police say when the exited the truck, he screamed "God is great" in Arabic, was shot by police, and taken into custody.

  4. CBS reports Saipov bragged to police from his hospital bed regarding the attack

    Saipov told police he is pleased with the attack and has no apologies, reported CBS News. One source told CBS Saipov made "no bones" about the terror he caused. 

    Investigators also discovered 10 to 15 pieces of paper with writing in Arabic praising the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. One note said "ISIS will endure," reported CBS. 

    According to CNN, the attack was planned for weeks. John Miller, NYPD deputy commissioner for intelligence and counter-terrorism, told the news network Saipov had ISIS intructions for how to carry out the deadly attack. 


Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: St. Charles County Dept. Of Corr/AFP/Getty Images)


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