Police flyer shows man sought in subway scare


The Logan County Sheriff's Department in West Virginia confirms Friday that a man from their county is a person of interest in an investigation concerning rice cookers being placed at the Fulton Street subway station in NY, located in Lower Manhattan.

Authorities said the New York Police Department's (NYPD) Bomb Squad determined the pressure cookers were not explosives. "But we need to know the facts behind this".

Detectives are looking for video of the 16th Street and Seventh Avenue location to determine whether the same person placed a cooking device near a trash can.

Police swarmed the find around 7 a.m.at the Fulton Street station, a few blocks from the World Trade Center and New York Stock Exchange.

The NYPD Counterterrorism Bomb Squad were called to the scene for investigation, and they have since deemed the suspicious packages safe.

Multiple subway lines were partially suspended during the police investigation and delays continued throughout the morning. A third cooker of the same type was later discovered 2 miles (3 kilometers) away on a sidewalk. "We learned the hard way after 9/11, and we are prepared".

All trains have resumed stopping at Fulton Street station, according to the MTA.

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They are investigating who left the pressure cookers around New York City and whether they were meant to scare locals. "Going to work in the morning, thinking that everything's OK, and you run into something like this, it's scary".

The NYPD is seeking to talk to a "person of interest", described as a white male between his 20s and 30s with dark hair and a shopping cart who was seen on surveillance video placing the rice cooker on the mezzanine and then on the platform.

De Blasio thanked both police "and everyone who kept calm through this".

Pressure cookers were also used to create the bombs that exploded at the Boston Marathon.

In September 2016, a man planted two pressure cooker bombs in the neighborhoods of Chelsea and in New Jersey.

Ahmad Rahimi, an Afghan-born man who sympathised with jihadist causes, was sentenced to life in prison over that incident.