Mr. Bollwage, speaking at a news conference on Monday morning, described how the Rahami family had issues with the city in the past, mainly surrounding the operation of their family restaurant, First American Fried Chicken.Two: The case seems to have been cracked (and further violence prevented) thanks to the intercession of some local street criminals.
Mr. Rahami’s father, Muhammad, opened the restaurant about a decade ago and employed his sons, the mayor said.It was open 24 hours a day, but neighbors complained about rowdy crowds that would gather at the place, often after midnight.Dean McDermott, who lives near the restaurant in Elizabeth, said he found patrons loitering in his yard and urinating in his driveway.Responding to the complaints, the City Council passed an ordinance that would force the restaurant to close late at night, the mayor said.
The day Ahmad Khan Rahami allegedly planted two bombs in Chelsea — one of which detonated on West 23rd Street — two thieves accidentally helped to disable his second pressure cooker bomb left inside a rolling suitcase on West 27th Street, sources said.
The young men, who sources described as being well-dressed, opened the bag and took the bomb out, sources said, before placing the explosive into a garbage bag and walking away with the rolling suitcase.
In doing so, investigators believe they inadvertently disabled the explosive, sources said. That allowed investigators to examine the cellphone attached to the bomb intact and discover that it was connected to the family of Rahami.