Thursday, 19 September, 2019

New York City subway scare suspect taken into custody

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Patty Aguilar | 19 August, 2019, 19:41

Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea tweeted Saturday that a man seen in surveillance video had been taken into custody. No other details were immediately available.

A third non-explosive cooker was found on a sidewalk two miles away from the station. The discoveries and massive response by law enforcement snarled street and subway traffic and revived fears of bombings that used such makeshift devices in New York City in 2016 and in Boston in 2013.

Earlier, Gov. Andrew Cuomo had said authorities suspected the items were placed in the subway "to suggest that they were electronic devices and possible bombs".

The Logan County Sheriff's Office in West Virginia, where the Griffins are from, posted a status on Friday naming Larry and stating that he has been arrested three times in Logan County in the past eight years.

Police sources described Griffin as emotionally disturbed and homeless, living at a home in the Bronx with someone who was allegedly feeding his drug habit. Police determined the objects were not explosives.

An investigator photographs a suspicious package that was thought to be an explosive device in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood on August 16, 2019, in NY.

Police said the alarm was first sounded in Manhattan around 7 a.m. (1100 GMT) when a passenger saw a cooker abandoned at the Fulton Street subway station near the World Trade Center - a neighborhood rebuilt after the September 11 attacks in 2001.

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He also said that Larry collected items for fun and that he found the three rice cookers in front of a sushi restaurant.

Griffin has an active arrest warrant from March for his "failure to report and for missing drug screens as part of his pre-trial bond supervision", the Sheriff's Office said.

Griffin Sr. said he speaks to his son occasionally by phone and said he was in NY panhandling.

Tara Brumfield, Griffin's cousin, told a Huntington, West Virginia, television station that he is a good person who has been dealing with mental health issues.

This photo provided by NYPD shows a suspicious object which looks like a pressure cooker or electric crockpot on the floor of the New York City Subway platform on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019 in New York.

"I would stop very short of calling him a suspect", said John Miller, the New York Police Department's top counterterror official. Officials investigated whether the incidents were related.Later in the day, police identified Griffin as a person of interest and released a picture they say was him.

In 2017, a would-be suicide attacker set off a homemade pipe bomb in an underground passageway at the Times Square subway station during rush hour, seriously injuring himself.

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