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Craigslist May Hold Key to ID of Suspect in Times Square Bomb Scare May 3, 2010

Posted by jefhenninger in News.
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Whoever planted the Nissan Pathfinder in New York’s Times Square probably thought that the large explosion would destroy the vehicle to the point where no evidence would be uncovered.  Nevertheless, the would be bomber went to great lengths to hide his identity.  In addition to having fake plates, the person bought the car off of Craigslist for $1500 in cash three weeks ago.  No paperwork was filled out.  Thus, other than being able to provide a description, the seller cannot point to anyone.

However, if the buyer sent an email to the seller to set up the transaction, law enforcement can subpoena Craigslist (which relays the email) as well as the email provider and ISP of the buyer.  Authorities likely already have subpoenas sent out to uncover this data.  If this is a dead end, capturing the suspect will not be impossible but it will be more difficult. 

Story is here.

Update May 4, 2010, 8:00 AM

An arrest was made several hours ago.  The suspect is named Faisal Shahzad.  Early reports are that police used computer and cell phone records to get his ID and picture which was then showed to the seller of the car who confirmed that Shahzad was the buyer.

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