Times Square bomb suspect 311.
(photo credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Police officials said Monday that investigators had spoken to the registered owner of a sport utility vehicle used as a homemade car bomb in a failed terror attack in the heart of Times Square, but have not yet identified anyone as the driver.
Paul Browne, the NYPD's deputy commissioner for public information, would not give further details on the registered owner, and would not say whether the person was considered a suspect.
The 1993 dark-colored Nissan Pathfinder didn't have a clearly visible vehicle identification number. Its license plates came from a car found in a Connecticut repair shop.
Investigators were also looking to speak with a man in his 40s videotaped shedding his shirt near the sport utility vehicle where the bomb was found.
The surveillance video, made public late Sunday, shows an unidentified
white man apparently in his 40s slipping down Shubert Alley and taking
off his shirt, revealing another underneath. In the same clip, he's seen
looking back in the direction of the smoking vehicle and furtively
putting the first shirt in a bag.
The NYPD and FBI also were
examining "hundreds of hours" of security videotape from around Times
Police said the crude gasoline-and-propane bomb could
have produced "a significant fireball" and sprayed shrapnel and metal
parts with enough force to kill pedestrians and knock out windows. The
SUV was parked on one of America's busiest streets, lined with Broadway
theaters and restaurants and full of people out on a Saturday night.
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