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Suspected New York Bike Path Attacker Charged

22 November 2017

Terrorist suspect Sayfullo Saipov, 29, was indicted on Tuesday on 22 counts relating to terrorism and murder charges in a United States federal court in Manhattan.

He is also charged with 12 counts of attempted murder in aid of racketeering, and one count of providing and attempting to provide material support to ISIS, as well as one count of violence and destruction of a motor vehicle.

Acting US Attorney Joon H. Kim said "scores of videos and images on his cellphone" will be part of the evidence in the case against Saipov.

The Patterson, NJ, resident was arrested on Halloween after he allegedly killed eight people and inured a dozen by speeding over a popular bike-only path in lower Manhattan in a rental truck.

Each of the murder charges, along with the motor vehicle charge, carries a possible death sentence, though the Justice Department must still take other steps to pursue that penalty.

Saipov is scheduled to appear in federal court on November 28 on the charges.

Saipov said he was proud of what he had done and even requested to display the Islamic State flag in his hospital room, federal authorities have alleged. Five members of the group, including Erlij, were killed when a terrorist rammed a truck into pedestrians in New York, October 31, 2017.

Saipov allegedly planned to use the truck to strike pedestrians in the vicinity of the West Side Highway and then proceed to the Brooklyn Bridge to continue to strike pedestrians, the indictment states. Add New York as an interest to stay up to date on the latest New York news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

He's being held without bail.

Saipov, an Uzbek immigrant, was hospitalized after he was shot by a police officer.

By prosecutors' telling, the 29-year-old had been plotting an attack for the Islamic State for more than a year and chose Halloween so he could hit more pedestrians on the street. Cops found two cell phones and a stun gun in his truck.

Suspected New York Bike Path Attacker Charged