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UPDATE: NYPD Arrests West Virginia Homeless Man Over Subway Bomb Scare

posted by Hannity Staff - 8.19.19

The New York Police Department arrested a 26-year-old homeless man from West Virginia in the Bronx over the weekend; ending a city-wide manhunt for the suspect who placed three pressure-cookers in the NYC subway system.

“Larry Kenton Griffin II, of Bruno, West Virginia, was awaiting arraignment late Saturday in Manhattan’s central booking after he was released from a New York City hospital where he was being treated and under observation. Police did not specify what, if any, injuries or condition he was being treated for,” reports Newsday.

“The NYPD announced on Saturday evening that Griffin, 26, was charged with the placing of a false bomb. He was taken into police custody just after midnight Saturday in the Bronx, a day after he was seen in surveillance video at Manhattan’s Fulton Street subway station holding one of the objects police identified as rice cookers and determined they were not explosives,” adds the newspaper.

Read the full report here.

Original story: August 16, 2019.

A pair of abandoned pressure cookers effectively shut-down New York City’s busy morning commute Friday; raising major security concerns before the NYPD confirmed they posed no risk to the public.

“A pair of suspicious rice cookers shut down a subway station in Lower Manhattan on Friday morning — but the NYPD’s Bomb Squad later determined they were not explosives, authorities said,” reports the New York Post. “Another cooker was found near a garbage can in Chelsea just over an hour later. It was determined safe just after 9:40 a.m., according to cops.”

“I want everyone to know nothing of danger has been found and there’s no indication of any further activity,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“This is the classic if-you-see-something-say-something, but based on everything we know right now we have an all-clear,” he added.

“It’s good that they’re taking all these precautions but it seems like it was deemed safe so I think we’re a little anxious to get back to our day,” said one resident.

Read the full report at the New York Post.

DEVELOPING: Pressure Cookers Shut Down NYC Morning Commute

posted by Hannity Staff - 8.16.19

A pair of abandoned pressure cookers effectively shut-down New York City’s busy morning commute Friday; raising major security concerns before the NYPD confirmed they posed no risk to the public.

“A pair of suspicious rice cookers shut down a subway station in Lower Manhattan on Friday morning — but the NYPD’s Bomb Squad later determined they were not explosives, authorities said,” reports the New York Post. “Another cooker was found near a garbage can in Chelsea just over an hour later. It was determined safe just after 9:40 a.m., according to cops.”

“I want everyone to know nothing of danger has been found and there’s no indication of any further activity,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“This is the classic if-you-see-something-say-something, but based on everything we know right now we have an all-clear,” he added.

“It’s good that they’re taking all these precautions but it seems like it was deemed safe so I think we’re a little anxious to get back to our day,” said one resident.

Read the full report at the New York Post.

BUSTED: NYC Mayor Reportedly Used $3M NYPD 'Counter-Terror' Jet to Fly Home from Vacation

posted by Hannity Staff - 7.06.18

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio found himself in hot water this week after he reportedly used a $3 million “counter-terrorism” government plane to fly home from a personal vacation in Canada.

According to the NY Post, de Blasio used the jet to fly from Quebec back to the Big Apple where he was set to deliver in address in the Bronx; returning to the Canadian province later that day.

“NYPD is transporting him in their plane,” de Blasio spokesman Eric Phillips told the Post.

“It is very unusual to go on an international flight to go pick up the mayor,” said an inside source close to the police department. “I think it’s excessive, because that wasn’t what that plane was designed to do. It’s designed for counterterrorism measures. To go to Canada to get the mayor? It’s excessive.”

“Neither the NYPD nor the Mayor’s Office would say who decided to use the plane, how much the trip cost taxpayers or why the mayor didn’t take a commercial flight — which is about $300 round-trip,” writes the Post.

Read the full story at the New York Post.

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