Posted on December 20, 2016

Chelsea Bombing Suspect Pleads Not Guilty to Attempted Murder of NJ Police Officers

NBC, December 20, 2016

The man charged with setting off bombs in New York and New Jersey pleaded not guilty to attempted murder of police officers and other charges during his arraignment Tuesday in a New Jersey court.

The prosecutor said no plea offer would be extended to Ahmad Khan Rahimi, who is accused of trying to kill police officers during his capture in Linden, New Jersey, in September.

A deputy had to help Rahimi, who continues to recover from multiple gunshot wounds sustained in the Sept. 19 shootout with Linden police officers, walk into the courtroom. He appeared to have significant trouble walking.


Rahimi pleaded not guilty in an indictment charging him in the Sept. 17 attacks, which included the detonation of a bomb in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood that injured 30 people. Another bomb did not explode.


Rahimi was questioned by authorities while he was hospitalized after being caught following a Sept. 19 shootout with police in Linden.


Besides the Manhattan attacks, Rahimi, an Afghan-born U.S. citizen from Elizabeth, New Jersey, is charged with detonating a pipe bomb along a Marine Corps charity race in Seaside Park, New Jersey, earlier in the day. Another bomb found at a train station didn’t explode.