The father of bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami said he reported his son to the FBI two years ago for violent behavior.
“Two years I called the FBI, my son, he’s doing very bad, OK? But they check it almost two months… They say he’s not a terrorist. I said, ‘OK.’ Now they say he is a terrorist. I say, ‘OK.'” Rahami’s father, Mohammad, said to reporters outside his home in Elizabeth, N.J, according to Fox News.
The father recalled that when he had called the FBI two years ago, his son “was doing bad. Yeah, he stabbed my son, he hit my wife and I put him to jail two years ago.”
According to Fox News:
The FBI’s Newark field office looked into the accusations, a federal law enforcement source told FoxNews.com. Ahmad Khan Rahami was in jail on an assault charge at the time, the source said, but agents interviewed his father.
“He recanted immediately – he left that part out. He said he didn’t mean his son was a terrorist, just that he was interested in gang activity and watching violent videos. There was no derogatory information on him, and no basis to continue the investigation,” the source said.
FBI’s scrubbing of the allegations made against Rahami at the time did not turn anything up — or as a law enforcement source close to the investigation described, the lead “washed out.” Fox News is told a full-blown investigation into Rahami was not opened.
The suspect’s father answered reporters’ questions as he left his home, above the family’s fried chicken restaurant, and got in his car, driving away.
His 28-year-old son is suspected of planting bombs in New York City, as well as Elizabeth and Seaside Park, N.J, Fox reported. Twenty-nine people were wounded when one of the devices in New York City exploded Saturday night.
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