Brewster, N.Y. – (11/20/11) – Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly announced the arrest of Jose Pimentel, who had been planning to build and detonate a bomb in New York City.
Law enforcement said Pimentel, a resident of Manhattan, originally from the Dominican Republic, was in the process of making a pipe bomb which he planned to detonate at a postal office or a U.S. government facility. He planned on targeting government workers, returning military personnel, and elected officials.
Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs Committee issued a statement today saying, “I commend the Department of Homeland Security, the New York City Police Department, and other first responders who stand on the front lines of our nation’s defense. As a community we must all work to watch over each other, and I urge members of the community to remain vigilant against those who seek to destroy the United States and our very way of life. If you see something, say something.”
The Police Department had Pimentel under surveillance for about a year. In a Sunday evening press conference Mayor Bloomberg said, “He appears to be a total lone wolf. There is no evidence that he worked with anyone else”.
For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Joe Bachmeier, (914) 406-5114