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Indictment Returned Against Elizabeth Terror Suspect

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Ahmad Khan Rahami, a.k.a. Ahmad Kham Rahimi Credits: Union County Prosecutor
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ELIZABETH, NJ – A 30-count indictment against the Elizabeth resident and federal terror suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami, a.k.a. Ahmad Khan Rahimi, charged with trying to kill police officers in Linden approximately two months ago was returned Nov. 16 by a Union County grand jury, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced. 

Rahami, 28, is charged with five counts of first-degree attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, multiple counts of second-, third-, and fourth-degree aggravated assault, two second-degree weapons offenses, and fourth-degree possession of a high-capacity magazine.

Rahami was discovered sleeping in the vestibule directly outside a bar’s front door on East Elizabeth Avenue in Linden, September 19, by the owner of the bar who called police. When confronted by a Linden police officer s, Rahami shot one of the officers in the torso, striking him in his protective vest.  After additional patrol officers responded, they exchanged gunfire with Rahami who was shot multiple times, and he was immediately transported to a local hospital for treatment. A handgun was recovered from Rahami at the scene.

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Neither the police officer who was struck by gunfire nor a second officer who was struck in the head by a fragment of a bullet suffered life-threatening injuries.

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey both have filed federal criminal charges against Rahami for allegedly conducting and attempting to conduct bombings in New York City and various locations in New Jersey on the two days immediately prior to his arrest.

Convictions on first-degree criminal charges filed in Superior Court are commonly individually punishable by 10 to 20 years in state prison, while second-degree charges typically result in terms of 5 to 10 years.

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