Ahmad Rahami looks NOTHING like an Afghan. This man is of Egyptian or Saudi origin. Another fake refugee who used a fake passport to claim fake refugee status. Muslims are inbred and marry wihin the same communities, often cousins meaning their features are very distinct to specific regions, especially in contained and rigid societies like Afghanistan. This man is not an Afghan. They can do DNA on him. And why would he import a wife from Pakistan if he is Afghan? It doesn’t work like that in these countries. Rahami and his wife come from somewhere else. So why hide it?
EXCLUSIVE: Terror suspect was arrested for STABBING but a grand jury let him walk despite cop’s warning he was ‘a danger’ – as it’s revealed he was a deadbeat dad who hated America and gays
- Criminal court documents show Ahmad Rahami was arrested for stabbing someone in the leg and possession of a firearm in 2014
- Grand jury let him walk despite the arresting officer saying Rahami was likely ‘a danger to himself or others’
- The 28-year-old suspected New York and New Jersey bomber was accused of attacking Nasim Rahami – it is not know how they are related
- His former partner and mother of his daughter described Rahami as a deadbeat dad who failed to pay child support
- Maria, who was his high school sweetheart, says her ex would disappear to Afghanistan for months at a time and was critical of America
- She said he hated the U.S. military and homosexuals in Western culture
- Friends described him as a ‘class clown’ who changed after a trip back to Afghanistan two years ago
- Rahami used a firearm when he was cornered by police on Monday morning in Linden, N.J. – two officers were injured in shoot-out
- He’s charged with five counts of attempted murder and two gun charges
The 28-year-old man suspected of planting bombs in Manhattan and New Jersey over the weekend was previously arrested for stabbing a person in the leg and possession of a firearm in 2014, DailMail.com has learned.
But a grand jury let him walk, despite a warning from the arresting officer that Rahami was likely ‘a danger to himself or others.’
Ahmad Khan Rahami, who was arrested on Monday in Linden, N.J., after a manhunt ended in a shootout with police, was also a deadbeat dad who didn’t like America and hated gays, according to the mother of his young daughter.
Rahami is accused of planting multiple homemade bombs in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, which injured 29 on Saturday night, as well as explosives near a train station in Elizabeth, N.J. that were disarmed by law enforcement on Sunday.
Firearm charge: This was the criminal complaint brought against Ahmad Rahami which alleged possession of a firearm
Also arrested: This was the criminal complaint brought against Rahami for allegedly stabbing someone in the leg. A grand jury declined to indict him.
This was not the first arrest for Rahami, a New Jersey resident who emigrated from Afghanistan and became a naturalized U.S. citizen.
Criminal court filings obtained by DailyMail.com show he has previous arrests for assault and gun charges.
However, in that case a grand jury failed to indict Rahami and he was let back out onto the streets.
On August 22, 2014, Rahami was arrested for aggravated assault and unlawful possession of a knife after allegedly stabbing an individual named Nasim Rahami in the left leg in an ‘attempt to cause serious bodily injury.’
Although the suspected bomber’s relationship with the alleged victim is unclear, the case was classified as domestic violence in the complaint and arrest warrant.
Rahami was also arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm ‘with a purpose to use it unlawfully against the person or property of Nasim Rahami’.
According to the arrest warrant, ‘the officer has reason to believe that the person [Ahmad Rahami] is a danger to himself, others, or property.’
But despite the warning, Rahami was never charged by a grand jury, according to officials at the criminal court division of the Union County Courthouse in Elizabeth, N.J.
Rahami, who came over to America with his family, aged seven, as asylum seekers in 1995.
At high school he became known as the ‘class clown’ before he went to work at his family’s chicken restaurant in Elizabeth, New Jersey from 2002.
But his former partner – and mother to his child – described Rahami as a deadbeat dad who failed to pay his child support and had a deep seated mistrust of the West.
Maria, who declined to give her first name, told FoxNews.com that she and the 28-year-old had been high school sweethearts after they met at Edison High School.
While he was critical of American culture compared to the strict Islamic rules of his homeland, Maria never believed he’d never go as far as to hurt innocent people.
Shot: Rahami was shot in the arm and leg before being arrested Monday. He had become ‘serious’ and ‘closed off’ after a visit to Afghanistan, one childhood friend said
Captured: This was the moment Ahmad Rahami was arrested after a shoot-out Monday. Friends said he only became religious after visiting Afghanistan years ago.
‘He seemed standoffish to American culture, but I never thought he would cross the line,’ she said. ‘I never thought he would do something like this,’ she said through tears. ‘I think he was brainwashed.’
The couple had a child together but Maria said that Rahami would fail to pay his child support and would take trips back to Afghanistan – staying weeks or even months at a time.
Right before their daughter was born, Maria said Rahami had been stuck in the Middle Eastern country after authorities seized his passport although she says she was never clear as to why.
The last trip that Maria, 26, was aware of Rahami went back to his homeland was nine years ago – when he brought back a new wife and another child.
But while they were together, she says he would often compared American culture to life in Afghanistan, saying how ‘there weren’t homosexuals in Afghanistan.’
He was also heavily critical of the military, once pointing out a military character as ‘the bad person’ to his young daughter.
Confused: Rahami’s father, Mohammad Sr (right) said he didn’t know of his son’s alleged plans, and that he’s ‘not sure what’s happening exactly’.
Maria wouldn’t reveal why she and Rahami broke up but did say that she did not want him anywhere near their daughter.
‘I didn’t want him to see my daughter,’ she said. ‘If he loved her, he would have paid child support. My greatest fear is that he would try to take my daughter.’
Other friends describe noticing a marked change in Rahami after he returned from a long trip back to the Middle East two years ago.
‘At one point he left to go to Afghanistan, and two years ago he came back, popped up out of nowhere and he was real religious,’ his friend Flee Jones, 27, told the Boston Herald.
‘And it was shocking. I’m trying to understand what’s going on. I’ve never seen him like this.’
Jones told The New York Times that after returning Rahami became ‘a completely different person’ who was ‘closed off’ and started praying in the back of the family’s chicken restaurant.
Rahami made ‘multiple’ visits to Afghanistan and Pakistan CNN reported, although it’s not clear whether this was before or after his transformation.
He also married a Pakistani woman, CNN’s Situation Room reported.
And a person who appeared to be related to Rahami and apparently shared his home posted pro-Islamist militancy images on Facebook, AOL reported.
Family business: The Rahami family owned and ran First American Fried Chicken. The suspect was often seen serving in it, while his father, Mohammad, was a constant presence.
The site said someone of the same name as Rahami posted an image of foreign fighters training in Syria along with a quote by Khalid Bin Walid, named in the Koran as a military commander and companion of the Prophet Muhammad.
The quote reads: ‘I bring the men who desire death as ardently as you desire life.’
Ahmad and the other men working in the shop had largely worn Western clothing – until recently, one local, who did not wish to be identified, told Dailymail.com. However, his Pakistani wife had always worm the traditional hijab/
‘Up until recently they wore regular clothes like us and then they started dressing in their culture’s clothes,’ they said.
But as a boy at Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey, he was a ‘class clown’ who messed around with classmates and talked sports, a friend told Buzzfeed News.
‘He was in my 9th grade English class,’ Hakeem Ezzouhairy, 27, of Maplewood, said. ‘Very funny, class clown. Got along with everyone, was a very nice kid.
‘Never would I [have] thought years later he would be capable of something like this.’
That was a sentiment shared by Rahami’s father, Mohammad Sr, who shook his head and said ‘No’ when asked by MSNBC whether he knew of his son’s alleged plot.
And when asked whether he believed whether the allegations against his son might be true, the man said: ‘I’m not sure what’s going on. I’m not sure what’s happening exactly.
Ahmad Rahami had lived in these Perth Amboy, New Jersey apartments up until three months ago
Investigators have searched the home Ahmad Khan Rahami in Elizabeth, New Jersey
FBI agents are seen carrying out evidence from the home of the bomber in New Jersey
Mohammed Rahami (R), the father of Ahmad Khan Rahami has denied all knowledge of the terror plot.
And despite the horrors he would be accused of, some said he was friendly in the restaurant.
Ryan McCann, a local who ate at the shop, told BBC Worldwide: ‘He’d always talk about his cars. He loved Civics, he loved going fast, that’s what he did, he’d talk about his cars.’
But Rahami and his family didn’t fit perfectly into the Elizabeth community.
In 2011 his father brought a lawsuit on his own behalf and that of his two sons against his local police department, claiming they discriminated against him for being Muslim.
The lawsuit was filed by Mohammad Sr., 53, and Ahmad’s brother Mohammad Q Rahami.
In the lawsuit, the Rahamis claimed that a chicken restaurant the family owned – America First Fried Chicken – was selectively targeted by law enforcement for staying open past 10 p.m., despite having a permit to operate.
The lawsuit, filed in the federal court in Newark, says that the family are from Afghanistan and are all Muslims who have owned the chicken restaurant since 2002.
They alleged that for two years beginning in April 2009 they were unfairly targeted for staying open past 10pm despite being permitted to do so.
The lawsuit says that the police had a ‘reckless disregard and deliberate indifference for plaintiff’s constitutional rights of liberty, due process and equal protection’.
The Elizabeth police department allegedly ’embarked on a course to harass, humiliate, retaliate against and force their business to close at 10pm’.
Evidence: Teams continued to investigate West 23 Street Monday. Evidence indicted Rahami was the New York and New Jersey bomber, the FBI claimed Monday
Damage: The explosion injured 29 people and caused a large amount of damage. Other bombs were found in NY and New Jersey, all of which have been blamed on Rahami
The lawsuit also claimed that the officers told them there was ‘too much crime around here’ and that the area around the restaurant was ‘known for criminal activity’.
One of Ahmed’s brothers got into a fight with a police officer who tried to shut down the restaurant, BBC Worldwide reported, but fled to Afghanistan before he could be prosecuted.
The Rahamis alleged they were being subject to ‘selective enforcement’ that was ‘solely based on an animus against plaintiff’s religion, creed, race and national origin’.
They claim that as a result of the police shutting them down at 10pm, despite other businesses being allowed to stay open at that time, they suffered economic hardship.
The court documents confirm that Ahmad was also arrested for obstruction of justice, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, although they do not specify when or what the outcomes were.
The family also claimed that they suffered racist abuse at the hands of James McDermott, the owner of Dean Relay Press and Radio, a photo agency that is near to the Rahami’s chicken restaurant.
He allegedly told them: ‘You are Muslims…Muslims make too much trouble in this country.’
McDermott is alleged to have told them that ‘Muslims should not have businesses here’, ‘Muslims are trouble’ and ‘Muslims don’t belong here’. He rejects all claims.
The 11 count lawsuit names the City of Elizabeth, the Elizabeth Police Department, six Elizabeth police officers, chief of police Ronald Simon and police director James Cosgrove.
They say the harassment was ‘baseless and without probable cause’ and breached the family’s constitutional rights.
The Rahamis claimed that it also claim it was ‘discrimination’, ‘false arrest’ and ‘abuse of process’ that left them suffering distress, embarrassment and damage to their reputation.
Court records show that the complaint was dismissed with prejudice in 2012, meaning that it could not be brought again.
McDermott told DailyMail.com that the claims against him were absolutely untrue.
Elizabeth Mayor J Christian Bollwage said in a press event Monday that the closures were effected by local authorities because the restaurant was attracting a noisy crowd late at night, causing a ‘quality of life issue.’
The case was dismissed with prejudice.
The Rahami family is made up of Mohammad snr, 53, his wife, two adult sons, Ahmad and Mohammad Qasim, 25, apparently known as Qasim, and two adult daughters, Aziza, and Zobyedh.
Zobyedh is a student at a nearby campus of Rutgers university, studying towards a B.S. in public health.
She is a writer on the university newspaper, the Daily Targum, and had previously worked as an assistant at the Asian American Cultural Center at the university, and had posted anti-Donald Trump material on social media.
Neighbors on the same block as First American Fried Chicken told DailyMail.com that the family largely isolated from the community.
One woman who lives in the street said: ‘Mohammad [Ahmad] is a very nice man, always wearing white and he would pray in the back of the shop.
‘I would wait at the counter for him to finish and he would come and take the orders.’
She said that during a visit to the shop in the last few weeks, she had seen two new men behind the counter who she had never seen before and that Ahmad Rahami was cooking food in the back of the store.
Family: Among the Rahami family is daughter Zobyedh, who is a public health student at nearby Rutgers University
Plea: The suspected bomber’s sister issued this appeal on social media.
A young teenage boy who often worked in the store served her.
She said the other men who were behind the counter spoke to Ahmad Rahami in a language the young boy didn’t understand.
Another neighbor said that the father was always in the shop working, and that the other brothers were not seen as frequently.
Of the father, the neighbor said: ‘He was clearly very devoted to his religion. He was very quiet and seemed very nice. You would see him praying sometimes.’
Federal authorities launched a public manhunt for Rahami, after reportedly spotting him on surveillance video planting the homemade pressure-cooker bombs in Chelsea on Sunday. His fingerprints were also allegedly found on one of the explosives.
Rahami, who was described by authorities as ‘armed and dangerous,’ was captured on Monday morning after he was reportedly discovered sleeping on a street in Linden, N.J. He opened fire on police when they approached, and was wounded in an ensuing gunfight before being taken into custody around 11 a.m.
Federal authorities said they have not found any indication yet that Rahami was operating as part of a larger terror cell and are still investigating whether there was a potential foreign link for the terror attack.