Wife ‘Shocked’ As Husband is Arrested For NYC Terror Attack
The wife of the Uzbeki national accused of murdering eight people in Manhattandenied any knowledge of her husband’s carefully planned rampage, according to a report.
A person who spoke to Sayfullo Saipov’s 24-year-old wife Nozima Odilova on Tuesday evening said she seemed “shocked and horrified and scared and sad,” after being grilled by the FBI, a source told the Washington Post.
At the time, the feds were at her Paterson, NJ, house, where they encouraged her to cooperate to make sure no one else was harmed.
Meanwhile, neighbor Carlos Batista recounted that Saipov had occasionally driven a Home Depot pickup truck on the block with a couple of pals – apparently with no building materials aboard.
“They didn’t even have one piece of wood in there, and that’s why I found it a little suspicious,’’ Batista told the Washington Post. “And I do construction, so I know when somebody is doing some type of work.’’
Authorities suspect the early rentals were part of the ISIS sympathizer’s preparation for the attack he carried out Tuesday — running down bicyclists and pedestrians on a lower Manhattan bike path.
According to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday night, Saipov rented the truck on Oct. 22 to practice making turns with the vehicle in preparation for the attack.
The document said Saipov confessed that he began planning for it about a year ago.
Other neighbors on Genessee Avenue where Saipov lived said nothing struck them as unusual about the 29-year-old father of three young kids.
Altana Dimitrovska, who lives in the same complex, said she was surprised by the news about the carnage.
Speaking through a translator, Dimitrovska said she once asked him if he ever went to work, because she would see him walking around a lot.
“He said, ‘Yeah, I do go to work.’ But I never saw him going to work,’’ she said. Asked whether she ever saw anything suspicious about Saipov, the 63-year-old woman replied, “No, no, no.’’
More about the attack:
The terror suspect accused of plowing a rental truck into cyclists and pedestrians in lower Manhattan drove into the city at least twice in a single day less than a week before the attack — and cops are investigating whether he was making a dry run, law enforcement sources told The Post.
Sayfullo Saipov, 29, used his E-ZPass to drive through the Holland Tunnel twice and his car was seen on the George Washington Bridge once on Oct. 28, according to the sources.
Three days later, Saipov drove into the city on the George Washington Bridge, then plowed into nearly two dozen people in a bike lane on the West Side Highway.
Authorities said Wednesday that he’d planned the attack, which left eight people dead, for “weeks.”
“It appears that Mr. Saipov had been planning this for a number of weeks. He did this in the name of ISIS,” said John Miller, deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism for the NYPD.
His attack was straight out of the ISIS playbook, he added.
“He appears to have followed, almost exactly to a T, the instructions that ISIS has put out in its social media channels before with instructions to its followers on how to carry out such an attack,” Miller said.
Saipov spoke on the phone to several people in New Jersey and Florida just prior to the carnage, sources said. Authorities are now looking to interview those people.
Police found “multiple knives” in the Home Depot pickup truck that Saipov rented in Passaic, NJ, about an hour before the attack, authorities said.
There was also a handwritten note in Arabic that praised ISIS.
“The gist of the note was that the Islamic State would endure forever,” Miller said.
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