The Associated Press quotes Linden’s mayor saying that Rahami was found sleeping in the hallway of a bar. The owner of the bar called the police, who then realized he was the suspect, Mayor Derek Armstead told the AP. Police say Rahami pulled a gun and began shooting at them.

Police identified Rahami by using the call histories of cell phones attached to the devices found in New Jersey and New York, as well as a fingerprint, NBC reported.

On Sunday night (Sept. 18) two men found a backpack containing wires and a pipe, which authorities determined were five explosives, on a municipal garbage can in Elizabeth. One of the devices exploded while being disarmed by a police robot. Later in the evening, five people were stopped in a car in New Jersey as they were about to cross the Verrazano-Narrows bridge, on their way to the airport. The men, believed to be from the same family, were questioned by the FBI in Manhattan in connection to the bombing, though FBI said “no one has been charged with any crime.”

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Linden, a small, otherwise quiet, working class suburban neighborhood, is 4 miles south of Elizabeth—the location of Rahami’s last known address. Rahami is a naturalized American of Afghan origin, according to the FBI.

The New York Times reports that police officers and FBI agents with dogs had been searching a residential area in south Elizabeth. Rahami reportedly lives in the area, on Elmora Avenue, above his family’s restaurant, First American Fried Chicken, where Rahami worked with some of his brothers.

Interviewed by the Times, a restaurant patron said Rahami liked fast cars and appeared to be in the process of taking over the operation of the restaurant from his father. The customer described Rahami as “a very friendly guy” who wore Western clothes and gave his regular customers free food. Of the allegation that he was involved with bombs, the customer said, “he’s a guy you would never expect.”

President Barack Obama this morning praised the cooperation between federal and local law enforcement agencies in investigating the incidents, as well as the “tough” and “resilient” people of New York and New Jersey.

“Showing the entire world that as Americans we do not and never will give in to fear is going to be the most important ingredient in defeating those who would carry out terrorist acts against us,” said the president, who was in New York for the meeting of the United Nations General assembly this week.

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