Trevor Bickford, the 19-year-old arrested and charged with a series of crimes related to a New Year’s Eve machete attack on NYPD officers, was reportedly placed on a terror watch list by the FBI after his aunt reported it to Islam converted and radicalized by Islamic extremists on the internet WCBS TV.
Bickford is said to have assaulted officers around 10pm on New Year’s Eve. Police allege Bickford attacked the officers “for no reason” and attempted to punch one of the officers in the head, then punched two other officers nearby, causing lacerations and fractured the skull of one of the officers. Bickford was then shot in the shoulder and jailed. All three officers have been discharged from hospital and Bickford is expected to recover.
According to New York Mayor Eric Adams, one of the injured officers had just graduated from the police academy on Friday.
Adams also said after the incident, “And as we conduct a preliminary review of the bodycam video, we see how well these officers have executed the plan put in place by the New York City Police Department to ensure we protect those who are.” came here to ring in a new year.”
Several outlets are now reporting that the The FBI visited Bickford’s home in Maineafter it was revealed that Bickford was on the FBI’s terror watch list. A source told Fox News that the FBI’s Counterterrorism Task Force was actively monitoring Bickford in the weeks leading up to the New Year’s Eve attack and that Bickford had expressed an interest in traveling to Afghanistan to fight alongside the Taliban.
WCBS reports that the NYPD was not informed prior to the attack that the suspect was on the FBI watch list.
Bickford has not yet been charged with any terrorism crimes, and the FBI has not officially confirmed the visit to Bickford’s Maine home. An FBI spokesman said Sunday: “I want to clarify that the FBI is working very closely with him through the Joint Terrorism Task Force [NYPD] to determine the nature of this attack. And we’ll lead every lead to the ground. I also want to be very clear, as you said tonight, that this is an ongoing investigation, so our ability to discuss details is limited.”
https://www.theblaze.com/news/19-year-old-accused-of-attacking-3-nypd-officers-with-a-machete-was-reportedly-radicalized-online-expressed-desire-to-fight-alongside-islamic-terrorists The 19-year-old, who is accused of attacking three NYPD officers with a machete, has reportedly been “radicalized” online and has expressed a desire to fight alongside Islamic terrorists