Alleged Chelsea, N.J. bomber Ahmad Khan Rahimi indicted in N.Y., Union County

By Thomas Moriarty | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on November 16, 2016 at 5:01 PM, updated November 16, 2016 at 5:46 PM

The man wanted in the weekend explosions in New York and New Jersey has been taken into custody in Linden after a shootout with police that left two officers wounded. 9/19/16 (Ed Murray | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

The man wanted in the weekend explosions in New York and New Jersey has been taken into custody in Linden after a shootout with police that left two officers wounded. 9/19/16 (Ed Murray | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

NEW YORK — Ahmad Khan Rahimi, the New Jersey man accused of a bombing and attempted bombing in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood, has been charged separately under both an eight-count federal indictment in New York and 30-count state indictment in Union County, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Under the federal indictment, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Rahimi, 28, is charged with:

  • Use of a weapon of mass destruction.
  • Attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.
  • Bombing a place of public use.
  • Destroying property by means of fire or explosive.
  • Attempted destruction of property by means of fire or explosive.
  • Interstate transportation and receipt of explosives.
  • Two counts of using a destructive device in furtherance of a crime of violence.

The indictment comes less than a week after Rahimi made his first appearance in Manhattan federal court on the original criminal complaint.

In addition to the Sept. 17 Chelsea bombing, which injured 29 people, Rahimi also is facing federal charges in New Jersey for two bombs he allegedly left in Elizabeth and Seaside Park.

The state indictment in New Jersey stems from Rahimi's alleged shootout with arresting officers on Sept. 19, during which two police officers were injured.

One of the officers was struck in his protective vest, while the other was struck in the head by a bullet fragment, according to a statement from the Union County Prosecutor's Office.

According to the Prosecutor's Office, Rahimi now faces:

  • Five counts of first-degree attempted murder of a law enforcement officer.
  • Multiple counts of second-, third- and fourth-degree aggravated assault.
  • Two second-degree counts of weapons offenses.
  • Fourth-degree possession of a high-capacity magazine.

Rahimi himself is still recovering from gunshot wounds sustained during his arrest. Rahimi doesn't enter plea on fed charges Ahmad Khan Rahimi's lawyer said Rahimi has medical concerns after eight to 10 surgeries, many for infections.

Rahimi is expected to be arraigned on the New York indictment at 1 p.m. Thursday before Judge Richard M. Berman in Manhattan, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The Union County Prosecutor's Office did not specify a date for Rahimi's arraignment on the state charges there.