Family of NYC Bomb Suspect Once Accused N.J. City of Harassing Them Over Muslim Faith
Details about the suspect captured in connection with the terror bombing spree that left New York and New Jersey on edge over the weekend have come to light.
The family of Afghan-born Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, owns a restaurant called First American Fried Chicken in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Prior to his capture, FBI agents raided both his home and the restaurant.
In 2011, the Rahami family sued the city of Elizabeth and neighbors, claiming they were being harassed because they are Muslims.
James McDermott is one of the neighbors named in the lawsuit, he told Inside Edition: "They were incidents of people hanging around a corner. So, I called police. He didn't think it was appropriate for me to call police, so, he sued me for harassment."
Neighbors were stunned when they learned Rahami was a suspected terrorist.
“He was always standing in front of the restaurant talking to people,” one person told Inside Edition. “He's very friendly. A nice guy. You would never suspect anything like this.”
Five of Rahami's relatives were detained Sunday after their SUV was pulled over by cops after crossing the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge from Staten Island, New York, allegedly headed for JFK airport in a bid to flee the country.
They have since been released.
Cops zeroed in Rahami because of a fingerprint on a cell phone attached to an unexploded pressure cooker bomb in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, located just 4 blocks from the scene of the first explosion in a Dumpster.
Nearly 3 hours after police released an image of him on Monday morning, he was found sleeping in the doorway of a bar in Linden, New Jersey, about 13 miles from New York City.
He was still conscious when he was loaded onto a gurney and placed in an ambulance.