Report: NYC attack suspect appears in court in wheelchair to face terrorism charges

(WFLA/AP) – A man accused of driving a truck down a bike path near the World Trade Center and killing eight people has been taken into court in a wheelchair.

Uzbek immigrant Sayfullo Saipov appeared in the New York federal courthouse Wednesday handcuffed and with his feet shackled.

Federal prosecutors say he was “consumed by hate and a twisted ideology” when he attacked people on the bike path on Tuesday.

He is charged with providing material support to the Islamic State terrorist group and violence and destruction of motor vehicles. His attorneys haven’t responded to calls seeking comment.

Prosecutors say he was stopped a “brave” police officer, who shot and wounded him Tuesday. They say he had been planning the attack for months.

According to documents, Saipov said he was inspired to carry out the attack by ISIS videos he watched on his cell phone.

Saipov allegedly said he began planning the attack approximately two months ago.

The FBI reports he had 90 videos that contained ISIS-related propaganda on his cell phone, according to NBC News.

NBC has reported the following:

According to the criminal complaint filed against Sayfullo Saipov he told the FBI in his interviews that:

– He allegedly said his intention was to drive the truck and strike pedestrians in the vicinity of the West Side Highway and then proceed to the Brooklyn Bridge, where he would continue to strike pedestrians.

– He allegedly said he wanted to kill as many people as he could.

– He allegedly said he wanted to display ISIS flags in the front and back of the truck during the attack, but according to the FBI, “decided against it because he did not want to draw attention to himself.”

– The FBI says that during his interview with law enforcement AFTER verbally waiving his Miranda rights, he said that he felt good about what he had done and requested to display an ISIS flag in his hospital room.

– The FBI says that they searched his phones and found approximately 90 videos many of which contain ISIS related propaganda and 3,800 images of which many appeared to the FBI to be ISIS propaganda.

– The FBI says that on top of the note found in the car they found two cell phones and a stun gun.

 

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