Times Square attacker waged jihad, charged with attempting to kill officers
The 19-year-old who carried out a knife attack in Times Square on New Years Eve has been charged with attempting to kill police officers and employees of the US government, and now faces a possible 80 years in prison. Prosecutors say he did it in the name of radical Islamist Jihad.
According to the Justice Department, Trevor Bickford admitted in a mirandized interview that he traveled to New York and walked around “trying to figure out the right time to kill.” He then spotted an officer who was standing by himself and attacked. Bickford injured three officers using this knife. He was ultimately shot in the shoulder.
The Justice Department says Bickford became self-radicalized online. They add that in November he took steps towards traveling to Afghanistan to support the Taliban. The Justice Department also alleges Bickford told a family member that he had aspirations to become a suicide bomber for his religion. In the end, he decided to carry out this attack in the United States.