By Spectrum News Staff & Associated Press |
Sayfullo Saipov, 29, of Paterson, New Jersey, was charged in Manhattan federal court with providing material support to the Islamic State group, along with eight counts of murder and 12 counts of attempted murder in aid of racketeering. Numerous counts carry a potential penalty of death.
Police said Saipov rented the pickup truck in New Jersey, drove into Manhattan, and barreled down the West Side Highway bike path on Halloween before officers arrested him.
At least a dozen people were also injured in the midday attack that authorities called terrorism.
Saipov is being held without bail. A message left with his attorney was not immediately returned.
In a release, Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the attack a “calculated act of terrorism in the heart of one of our great cities.”