NYC Terror Suspect Sayfullo Saipov Was An Uber Driver, And Many Are Asking How He Passed A Background Check With Multiple Driving Violations

MISSOURI - In this handout photo provided by the St. Charles County Department of Corrections, Sayfullo Saipov poses for a booking photo after a previous arrest in Missouri. Saipov was arrested after allegedly driving a pickup truck on a bike path in lower Manhattan, killing 8 peple and injuring 12 on October 31, 2017. (Photo by St. Charles County Department of Corrections via Getty Images)

NYC Terror Suspect Sayfullo Saipov Was An Uber Driver, And Many Are Asking How He Passed A Background Check With Multiple Driving Violations

Records indicate Saipov was stopped for several offenses in multiple states.

Published November 2nd

After the tragic terror attack in New York City wherein a motorist drove a rented Home Depot truck down a bike lane, new details have begun to emerge about the suspect, Sayfullo Saipov.

The Tuesday attack killed at least eight people and injured at least 13, including the suspect. On Nov 2, Saipov, a 29-year-old from Uzbekistan, was charged with providing material support to ISIS, violence and destruction of motor vehicles, said Joon H. Kim, acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, to CNN.

In addition, Saipov's employment with Uber has come into question. 

An Uber spokesperson confirmed to multiple news outlets that Saipov was a driver for the company and had passed a background check. Uber is in contact with the FBI and law enforcement. 

Although Saipov passed the background check, he has been pulled over several times for traffic violations. 

According to court records, Saipov was stopped last October in St. Charles County, Missouri, for a traffic offense. When he failed to appear for his court date, a warrant was issued for his arrest. Saipov paid the $200 bond to avoid arrest, reported Buzzfeed News. 

In 2012, police in Pennsylvania pulled him over because his vehicle did not meet service criteria, and he was driving with a commercial license. In March 2015, he was also stopped in Pennsylvania and gave officers a Paterson, New Jersey, address and an Ohio address, court records show.

  1. Some questioned how the warrant for his arrest did not keep Saipov from driving with Uber
  2. Uber's background check procedures were called into question following Saipov's arrest

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: St. Charles County Department of Corrections via Getty Images)

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