NYC truck attack suspect once had Pennsylvania license, citations
The 29-year-old Uzbekistan man accused of running down cyclists and pedestrians along a New York City bike path Tuesday afternoon had been mentioned in a previous terrorism investigation. And he has a small Pennsylvania connection.
Sayfullo Saipov, 29, came to the U.S. legally in 2010 from Uzbekistan, according to the Associated Press.
Saipov was shot in the abdomen and is expected to survive. He has a Florida driver’s license and is believed to have been staying in New Jersey while employed as an Uber driver.
Saipov’s name had reportedly come up in a terrorism investigation (though he wasn’t a target) that resulted in the arrest of six men, five from Uzbekistan and one from Kazakhstan who were accused of providing material support to ISIS, according to the New York Times.
Saipov was twice stopped by police in Pennsylvania for traffic violations. At the time, two Ohio trucking businesses were registered in his name.
On Aug. 25, 2012, Saipov was stopped by state troopers in Palmyra, Pike County. He received citations for out of service criteria and failure to comply with license restrictions. He pleaded guilty to the out of service criteria and paid a fine of $586. The other citation was dropped.
In 2014, Saipov received a speeding ticket in Arizona, the head of the state Department of Public Safety said Friday, according to KTAR.com .
Saipov, who would have then been 25 or 26, was stopped for speeding and cited.
“At the time, he was in possession of a Pennsylvania driver’s license,” Col. Frank Milstead said to KTAR.
On March 26, 2017, Saipov was stopped by Mount Holly Springs police in Cumberland County and cited for exceeding the maximum length for a trailer and operating a vehicle with unsafe equipment. He pleaded guilty to both charges and paid fines totaling $518.50.