Suspect told neighbor he worked on Wall Street
Until last summer, alleged terrorist lived in Conn. with wife and 2 children
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The suspect in the Times Square bombing attempt was a family man who reportedly told a Connecticut neighbor that he worked on Wall Street.
FBI agents searched the home previously occupied by the suspect, Faisal Shahzad, in the Shelton neighborhood of Bridgeport early Tuesday, removing filled plastic bags. A bomb squad came and went without entering as local police and FBI agents gathered in the cordoned-off street.
Neighbor Brenda Thurman told the New York Times that Shahzad and his wife, Huma Mian, spoke limited English and kept mostly to themselves. The couple had two young children, a girl and a boy, she said.
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Thurman told the newspaper that the couple had lived at the house at 119 Long Hill Avenue for about three years before moving out last year.
"He was a little bit strange," she told the Associated Press. "He didn't like to come out during the day."
Shahzad had told her husband that he worked on Wall Street, adding that she was surprised by the turn of events. "I can't believe something like this happened. I can't believe it."
Thurman showed reporters a laptop computer showing a Facebook photo of her neighbor, the New Haven Independent reported. The photo showed Shahzad with a woman and a child.
Image: Suspect Faisal Shahzad, right.
Another neighbor, Audrey Sokol, who lived next door, said she thought Shahzad worked in nearby Norwalk. Sokol, a teacher, said that he would wave and say hello and that he seemed normal to her.
The home was a two-story grayish-brown Colonial with a sloping yard in a working-class neighborhood. On Tuesday morning, the home looked as if it had been unoccupied for a while.
Shahzad left around May 2009, Thurman said, and his wife followed about a month later.
Pakistani police told NBC News that Shahzad traveled from the United States to Karachi on July 3, 2009, returning to the United States on Aug. 8, 2009. During that time, he is believed to have traveled to Peshawar, a major city in the region bordering Afghanistan known as the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
Shahzad was taken into custody late Monday by FBI agents and New York Police Department detectives at Kennedy Airport while trying to board a flight to Dubai, according to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and other officials. He was identified by customs agents and stopped before boarding, Holder said early Tuesday in Washington.
The official says investigators still don't have evidence that Shahzad is connected to the Pakistani Taliban or any foreign terror groups. The official says, "He's claimed to have acted alone, but these are things that have to be investigated."
Another trip to Pakistan
Shahzad, who became a U.S. citizen last year, had recently returned from another trip to Pakistan, this time for five months, according to law enforcement officials who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the investigation into the failed car bombing. They said his wife was in Pakistan.
It is believed Shahzad was a resident of a middle-class neighborhood of Karachi, called North Nazimabad, NBC said.
May 4: Federal agents and New York police arrested Faisal Shahzad at Kennedy Airport. NBC’s Pete Williams reports.
The U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan was handling the case and said Shahzad would appear in court Tuesday, but the charges were not made public.
The Pakistani foreign office said the U.S. government had not shared any information about Shahzad and had, so far, not asked for its help.
More than a dozen people with American citizenship or residency, like Shahzad, have been accused in the past two years of supporting or carrying out terrorism attempts on U.S. soil, cases that illustrate the threat of violent extremism from within the U.S.
Among them are Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, a U.S.-born Army psychiatrist of Palestinian descent, charged with fatally shooting 13 people last year at Fort Hood, Texas; Najibullah Zazi, a Denver-area airport shuttle driver who pleaded guilty in February in a plot to bomb New York subways; and a Pennsylvania woman Colleen LaRose who authorities say became radicalized online as "Jihad Jane" and plotted to kill a Swedish artist whose work offended Muslims.
Here is a link with the pic of the family: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36934331/ns/us_news-security/?GT1=43001