The number from a disposable cellphone led FBI agents to the suspect arrested last night for allegedly driving a car bomb into Times Square on Saturday evening, reports Politico.com. “They were able to basically get one phone number and by running it through a number of databases, figure out who they thought the guy was,” said an unidentified official. A huge law-enforcement force tracked the suspect through the afternoon and evening. He was arrested at 11:30 p.m. at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City.
The vehicle identification number had been removed from the bomb-laden 1993 Nissan Pathfinder left in Times Square. But investigators were able to lift it from a second location on the vehicle, and used that to track down a Connecticut man who said he had sold the Pathfinder for cash about three weeks ago. The man had offered the vehicle on Craigslist, and FBI agents were able to recover the number from a disposable cellphone that had been used by the buyer. The suspect didn’t still have the phone. Using a lot of technology and access to database, agents located the suspect. At 1:30 a.m., Attorney General Eric Holder said the suspect, a Pakistan-born American named Faisal Shahzad, 30, was arrested while attempting to board a flight for Dubai.