Hunt to Find Would-Be Times Square Bomber

By David Schoetz

May 3, 2010 12:37pm

  BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: New details are coming into the newsroom — most notably, authorities tell ABC News that the previous owners of the Nissan Pathfinder used in Times Square sold the SUV to an "Arabic or Latino" man in his 20s or 30s last month in Connecticut. The owners also said the vehicle was sold for several hundred dollars in cash and without any written record of purchase. The license plate came from a repair shop near Bridgeport, Conn. ——————– ORIGINAL POST: We're planning a full report tonight on the botched car bomb attempt here in New York Saturday evening that sent a panic through Times Square. The big question: Who did it?  As Brian Ross reported this morning on "GMA" (segment embedded below), authorities have released surveillance footage showing a possible suspect, described by New York Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly as a white male in his 40s. The unidentified man is seen with a bag changing out of a shirt near where the Nissan Pathfinder packed with potentially explosive materials was left — on 45th Street by the Minskoff Theatre, home of "The Lion King" production. Authorities have revealed much more about the nature of the SUV bomb-making materials — an unsophisticated but potentially deadly combination that included store-bought fertilizer, plastic gas canisters filled with gasoline, three propane tanks, wiring, M-88 fireworks, and a pair of alarm clocks. At the same time, Pakistan Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud promised attacks on multiple major cities in a video that may have been made in April and was released after the failed bombing Saturday night. Until recently, it was believed that Mehsud had been killed in a U.S. missile strike in January. A second, shorter video, was also released in which the group appears to claim responsibility for the bomb attempt, a claim not yet verified. Authorities have found and interviewed the registered owner of the Pathfinder, but declined to provide any more specific details. For now, the focus remains on combing through surveillance footage, tracking down leads and finding the man in the tape. Will update with information as it comes.  

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