Dominican charged in plot targeting NYPD vehicles
NEW YORK — A 27-year-old native of the Dominican Republic and al-Qaida sympathizer has been arrested and charged in an alleged terrorist plot targeting New York police vehicles, postal facilities and U.S. troops returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Sunday evening.
The U.S. citizen Jose Pimentel, who lives in Washington Heights in the northern end of Manhattan, was described as a "lone wolf" and was "not a part of a larger conspiracy emanating from abroad," Bloomberg said.
Pimentel, who converted to Islam, was charged with conspiracy to build a bomb for terrorist purposes, first-degree criminal possession of a weapon as a crime of terrorism, and soliciting support for a terrorist act. He was arraigned before a judge late Sunday and was ordered held until Friday, FOX News Channel reported.