On May 1, 2010, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in New York, along with the NYPD, responded to Times Square in response to a suspicious vehicle and device. Bomb technicians, Evidence Response Team members, and investigators were on scene and a command post was established. Both the device and the vehicle are currently being examined by the FBI and NYPD. Numerous FBI offices have been tasked with leads to assist with the investigation and every lead will be followed.
FBI and NYPD investigators are aware of the various reports of claims for placing the car and device in Times Square. As we’ve seen previously, it is not uncommon after any similar event for claims of responsibility to be made—and those claims will be investigated. Knowingly providing false information can be a crime.
Since the beginning of the investigation, there have been numerous reports in the public domain, many of which will eventually be determined to be inaccurate. More information will be forthcoming as soon as it is available and appropriate for release. George Venizelos, Acting Assistant Director in Charge of the New York FBI has pledged, “All of the resources of the New York FBI will be made available to assist with this ongoing investigation.”