Bomb­ing sus­pect pleads not guilty in po­lice shoot­ings

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

EL­IZ­A­BETH, N.J. » A man ac­cused of set­ting off bombs in New Jersey and New York, in­jur­ing more than 30 peo­ple, pleaded not guilty on Thurs­day to charges he tried to kill po­lice of­fi­cers be­fore they cap­tured him.

An at­tor­ney for Ah­mad Khan Rahimi en­tered the pleas as Rahimi ap­peared from his hos­pi­tal bed in Ne­wark in his first pub­lic ap­pear­ance since last month’s bomb­ings and po­lice chase.

Rahimi, an Afghan­born U.S. cit­i­zen, has been hos­pi­tal­ized with gun­shot wounds since a po­lice shootout that led to his cap­ture on Sept. 19 out­side a bar in Lin­den. His head was propped up on pil­lows, while his pub­lic de­fender stood by his side wear­ing a dis­pos­able hos­pi­tal gown and plas­tic gloves.

Rahimi, 28, is charged with five counts of at­tempted mur­der of a po­lice of­fi­cer and weapons of­fenses. He was read his rights by Judge Regina Caulfield and an­swered “yes” to a series of ques­tions she asked him.

He is ac­cused of det­o­nat­ing a pipe bomb along the route of a Ma­rine Corps char­ity race in the New Jersey shore town of Sea­side Park and a pres­sure cooker bomb in New York City on Sept. 17. No one was in­jured in the New Jersey blast, and 31 peo­ple were hurt in the New York blast. A sec­ond pres­sure cooker bomb did not ex­plode.

Rahimi also faces fed­eral charges in both states.

Of­fi­cer An­gel Padilla, who pros­e­cu­tors say was shot by Rahimi, was in court along with fel­low Lin­den of­fi­cers.

This story has been cor­rected to show the sus­pect’s sur­name is Rahimi, not Ra­hami, based on up­dated in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by his lawyer in court.

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