TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The accused New York and New Jersey bomber Ahmad Khan Rahimi has been moved from the hospital to the medical wing of a prison in New Jersey.
New Jersey Corrections Department spokesman Matt Schuman said Rahimi was transferred to a state facility on Tuesday instead of a county jail for his safety and security. Schuman would not identify the facility.
Rahimi, an Afghan-born U.S. citizen, has been hospitalized with gunshot wounds since a police shootout outside a bar in Linden that led to his capture.
According to Linden Mayor Derek Armstead, a bar owner reported someone asleep in doorway of his establishment in Linden om Sept. 19, while police were conducting a wide-scale manhunt for Rahimi. A police officer went to investigate and recognized the suspect, officials said.
Angel Padilla and Peter Hammer, two Linden police officers, were injured in the shootout. Padilla was the one hit in the vest, while Hammer was struck by bullet fragments. Both have been treated and released from the hospital.
The bust came just two days after police say Rahimi detonated a pipe bomb along the route of a Marine Corps charity race in the New Jersey shore town of Seaside Park and a pressure cooker bomb in New York City on Sept. 17. No one was injured in the New Jersey blast, and 31 people were hurt in the New York blast. A second pressure cooker bomb did not explode.
Rahimi, 28, is charged with five counts of attempted murder of a police officer and weapons offenses.
Rahimi’s public defense attorney. Peter Ligouri, pleaded not guilty on his behalf to charges of attempted murder of police. Rahimi appeared via video from his hospital bed in Newark.
Rahimi has yet to face federal charges for the bombings.
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