Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipow identified as the person responsible for the terrorist attack in New York City that occurred on Tuesday afternoon
Saipow rented the truck he used in the deadly attack from New Jersey on Tuesday
At around 3:05 pm, Saipow drove the truck on a bike and pedestrian path near the Hudson River
Eight were killed in the attack with another eleven sent to the hospital with serious injuries
Multiple witnesses say Saipow got out of the truck with a paintball and pellet gun yelling “Allahu Akbar”
A police officer shot Saipow in the abdomen and he was taken to the hospital in police custody
On Tuesday, a 29-year-old man drove a rental truck into a pedestrian and bike path along the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan in New York City killing at least eight people.
The suspect has been identified as Sayfullo Saipov of Tampa, Florida. New York police and other authorities declined to release the suspect’s name at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, but CBS News has identified the suspect as “Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, apparently from Uzbekistan.”
At around 3:05 pm, Saipov drove the rental truck down the bike path along the West Side Highway in downtown Manhattan. Saipov began at Houston Ave and drove the truck down the bike path approximately 20 blocks, killing eight and sending at least eleven others to the hospital with serious non-life-threatening injuries.
Saipov’s truck came to a stop after colliding with a school bus near Stuyvesant High School, near Chambers Street. Police said Saipov got out of the truck with a paintball gun and pellet gun. According to police and multiple witnesses, Saipov shouted “Allahu Akbar” after he got out of the vehicle.
A police officer on the scene shot Saipov in the abdomen. Saipov has been taken to the hospital in police custody. Police began investigating the attack as a terror attack, but the FBI has taken over the investigation. While ISIS supporters have celebrated on social media, it has not been confirmed that ISIS is claiming credit for the attack.
Records show that Saipov rented the truck used in the attack from New Jersey earlier in the day on Tuesday.
It is reported that Saipov is an Uzbek national who first arrived in the United States in 2010. According to online records of his traffic history, Saipov was a commercial truck driver at one point. It is still not clear if Saipov entered the country legally.
Saipov has registered two businesses in Ohio. In May of 2011, he registered Sayf Motors Inc. in Hamilton County. The business address links to an apartment in Brisben Place in Cincinnati and the license is still active.
In August of 2013, Saipov registered Bright Auto LLC. This business is also registered to an apartment on American Drive in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Bright Auto LLC is registered with the U.S. Department of Transportation and is said to have one truck and one driver.
While Saipov was found with a Florida id, and it is reported he is from Tampa, the attacker appears to have roots in multiple cities. Saipov also lived in Ohio and New Jersey. He has a lengthy traffic record, with tickets in Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Maryland. According to Pennsylvania court records, Saipov was living in Paterson, New Jersey in 2012 and 2015 when he received his traffic violations.
In 2016, Saipov was stopped by Missouri Highway Patrol for failure to equip a motor carrier with a required brake system/maintain capable brakes. In April 2016, a warrant was issued for failure to appear. In October 2016 the warrant was served, then in November Saipov pleaded guilty and paid $129.50 fine and $70.50 in court costs.
While ISIS has yet to take credit for the attack, it is not widely known that they have been recruiting more from Central Asia. Central Asia receives much less attention from the Western press, making it more difficult to associate them with ISIS, which is a predominately Arab movement.
It is believed that ISIS used a Kyrgyz or Uzbek shooter in the Reina New Year tragedy in Istanbul. ISIS did claim responsibility for that attack and declared war against Turkey. Kyrgyz and Uzbek terrorists are easier to use in terror attacks in Turkey because they blend in much more naturally.
Despite no confirmation of ISIS involvement in Tuesday’s attack, President Donald Trump was quick to tweet, “We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere. Enough!”