Landlord: Times Square suspect told him after botched bombing he had lost apartment key

By Eric Tucker, AP
Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Landlord talked to suspect after botched NYC bomb

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — The landlord of the suspect in the Times Square bombing attempt says he got a call from him that night saying he had lost his apartment key and needed to be let into the building.

Stanislaw Chomiak told The Associated Press that Faisal Shahzad (FY’-sul shah-ZAHD’) said he had been hanging out with friends in New York City.

Authorities say he had actually left his keys in the ignition of an SUV he had loaded with firecrackers, gas and fertilizer and rigged to explode in Times Square. The bomb did not go off.

Chomiak says Shahzad told him he took cab to his Bridgeport apartment from a train station. The landlord says Shahzad lived alone and that he never saw him with anyone.

Shahzad was arrested Monday, and authorities say he is cooperating.

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