14 October, 2016
The man charged with attempted murder for allegedly planting bombs in NY and New Jersey last month will be arraigned Thursday.
Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, is the suspect of the Chelsea explosion in New York City on Saturday, September 17, 2016.
Ahmad Khan Rahami is taken into custody after a shootout with police Monday, Sept. 19..
He is suspected of leaving explosive devices in New Jersey and Manhattan the weekend before his capture.
The hearing in Elizabeth, New Jersey, concerns state charges against him stemming from that gun battle, including attempted murder of police officers and weapons charges. It was Rahimi's first public appearance since last month's bombings and police chase.
Sitting up in his hospital bed, Rahimi answered "Yes" to a series of standard questions from Judge Regina Caulfield about whether he understood the charges and his rights, looking briefly at public defender Peter Liguori before each answer.
Rahami is accused of detonating a pipe bomb in a New Jersey shore town and a pressure cooker bomb in New York City on September 17, injuring 31 people.
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Rahimi, who is facing state as well as federal charges, was shot seven times in an encounter with police officers when he was found sleeping in the entrance of a tavern in Elizabeth, and has since been at hospital. One of those exploded as a bomb squad robot attempted to defuse it.
He's also accused of setting of a pipe bomb in a New Jersey town a few hours earlier.
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Rahami, who born in Afghanistan, first came to the United States in 1995 and became a naturalized citizen in 2011.
He had been living with his family in New Jersey where they run a chicken shop business.
Complaints filed in federal court in Manhattan and New Jersey contain details from the investigation and Rahami's handwritten journal, which was damaged in the police shootout. The hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m.