The suspect in last month’s bombings in New Jersey and New York that injured dozens pleaded not guilty Thursday.
Ahmad Khan Rahimi was arraigned in Elizabeth, N.J., via teleconference. The 28-year-old Rahimi has been recovering in a hospital after a shootout with police. He pleaded not guilty to state charges of attempted murder and weapons offenses.
The charges are related to Rahimi’s alleged detonation on Sept. 17 of a pipe bomb along the route of a charity race in Seaside Park, N.J., and a pressure-cooker bomb in New York. No one was hurt in the New Jersey bombing.
“Rahimi, an Afghan-born U.S. citizen, has been hospitalized with gunshot wounds since a police shootout that led to his capture on Sept. 19 outside a bar in Linden [N.J.]. His head was propped up on pillows, while public defender Peter Liguori stood by his side wearing a disposable hospital gown and plastic gloves.
“Rahimi, 28, is charged with five counts of attempted murder of a police officer and weapons offenses. He was read his rights by Judge Regina Caulfield and answered “yes” in a faint voice to a series of questions she asked him.”
The hearing had been delayed while Rahimi remained unconscious for weeks, recovering from his injuries. At Thursday’s hearing, Liguori corrected the spelling of the suspect’s name, which the government had said was Rahami.
The state court proceeding was Rahimi’s first public appearance. He also faces separate federal charges.