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NYPD interviews registered owner of car bomb SUV

Monday, May 3, 2010 | 10:06 a.m. CDT; updated 9:33 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, May 4, 2010

NEW YORK — Police officials said Monday that investigators had spoken to the registered owner of an SUV 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 Square.

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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