Cops Find Owner of Explosives-Laden SUV

But he's not considered a suspect in the bombing
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2010 1:58 PM CDT
Cops Find Owner of Explosives-Laden SUV
This still photo from a surveillance camera shows the Nissan Pathfinder used in the attempted attack on Times Square passing through Times Square early on Saturday evening, May 1, 2010.   (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

Police have found the owner of the black Nissan SUV that was found filled with explosives in Time Square on Saturday, but after speaking with him, they have ruled him out as a suspect. Still, the discovery is considered a significant breakthrough, and authorities remain optimistic, the New York Times reports. “We have some good leads,” says AG Eric Holder. “We have made really substantial progress.”

Chief among those leads: a video showing a man walking away from the car, looking furtively over his shoulder as he removes a layer of clothing. Police are still looking for the man, who appeared to be a white man in his 40s. Detectives flew to Pennsylvania to see another video, apparently of the same man, shot by a tourist. But mayor Mike Bloomberg cautioned that “the person on the tape may not become a suspect.” (Read more SUV stories.)

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