NYC truck attack suspect believed to have NJ connections

Sayfullo Saipov was an Uber driver who made more than 1400 trips

Sayfullo Saipov was an Uber driver who made more than 1400 trips

Authorities believe he rented a white pickup truck from Home Depot and drove it into the bicycle path along the West Side Highway at Houston Street at 3:05 p.m. Police say he drove southbound, striking several pedestrians and bicyclists, before crashing into a school bus at Chambers Street, injuring two adults and two children. But at a news conference later FBI Assistant Director in Charge Bill Sweeney said, "We've found him, and we'll leave it at that".

She also said that Saipov, who moved to the USA in 2010 from Uzbekistan, argued often about the price of popular Canada Dry Ginger Ale.

Saipov also lived in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 2010, WXIX reports.

The driver was shot in the abdomen by police after jumping out of the truck with what turned out to be a fake gun in each hand and shouting what witnesses said was "Allahu Akbar", Arabic for "God is great", authorities said.

According to online records, he worked as a commercial truck driver and had also lived in OH previously.

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On Wednesday, FBI agents removed evidence bags from an apartment building in Paterson, just northwest of New York City.

A sixth man in the group, Martin Ludovico Marro, was also admitted to hospital after the incident, which killed a total of eight people and injured at least 15.

Jahon, Uzbekistan's state news agency, said Saipov was born on February 8, 1988 in Tashkent and had studied finance before taking a job as an accountant in a hotel in the city. He said Saipov's English was poor and he did not speak Russian very well. He drove trucks and was an Uber driver for six months, police said.

"He came out, grabbed the baby and he didn't say nothing to me", she said.

Law enforcement officials told ABC News the suspect has been identified as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov from Tampa, Florida.

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Crime scene investigators collect evidence on November 1 at the scene of the truck attack on a bike path in lower Manhattan.

That company had a Freightliner tractor and semi-trailer registered, records show.

The man was pulled over in Cass County in October and December of 2011, in Lincoln County in April of 2014 and in Cass County again in February of 2017, court records showed.

The company didn't respond late Tuesday to questions about Saipov's past citations.

It's not the first time one of the company's drivers has been linked to a high-profile crime.

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