What We Know About the Times Square Bomb Suspect

Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad 'seemed like a nice guy'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2010 7:05 AM CDT
Who Is the Times Square Bomb Suspect?
A police car blocks a street in Bridgeport Conn. early Tuesday morning Tuesday May 4, 2010, as FBI search a home of a suspect in the failed bombing in New York's Times Square.   (AP Photo/Douglas Healey)

(Newser) – Details are starting to emerge on the man suspected of driving an explosive-laden SUV into Times Square, who will appear in court later today on as-yet-unknown charges. Faisal Shahzad, 30, is a naturalized US citizen born in Pakistan who had been raising a family in Bridgeport, Conn., for years before moving out in 2009. He and his wife spoke little English and kept to themselves, neighbors told the New York Times, adding that they thought he worked on Wall Street. They had two children. Shahzad also has family in Karachi, and recently returned from a five-month visit there. His wife may now live there as well, according to the AP.

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That, along with other evidence, suggests an international link to the attack, but officials stress that al-Qaeda isn't necessarily involved. “Think smaller,” one law enforcement official told the Washington Post. Officials, for example, are looking into a Connecticut-based website that claims links to the Taliban in Pakistan. Police found Shahzad thanks largely to help from the car's previous owner, a 19-year-old college student, also from Bridgeport. She turned over the keys to Shahzad at a local mall, after he paid for the car in $100 bills; he used a fake name, cops said, but a real cell phone number. “He seemed like a nice guy,” her brother told the New York Daily News. “He told my sister, 'I'm going to New York.' He said he needed a car in the city.” (Read more Times Square bomb scare stories.)

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