Documents offer clues to bomb suspect’s life

Faisal Shahzad lived in the U.S. for much of the past decade


The suspect in the Times Square bombing attempt had lived in the United State for most of the past 10 years and became an American citizen in Bridgeport, Conn. in April 2009, according to officials.

Pakistani-born Faisal Shahzad, 30, was charged Tuesday with trying to explode a weapon of mass destruction after Attorney General Eric Holder said he admitted trying to set off a car bomb in busy Times Square last weekend.

Documents reveal glimpses of Shahzad’s time in the United States, including some recent difficulties.

At the time of his arrest, Shahzad and his wife, Huma Mian, were facing foreclosure on the compact home of gray vinyl shingles they owned on Long Hill Avenue near the center of Shelton, Conn., according to the Wall Street Journal.

Neighbors and brokers told the Journal that Shahzad and his wife had moved away and abandoned the house months ago. A lockbox with a key was on the front door, and the lawn was being mowed on behalf of the bank, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., which issued the mortgage when the house was purchased in 2004, according to the Journal report.

Shahzad purchased his house in July, 2004 for $273,000, brokers said, with 20 percent down and an 80 percent mortgage with Chase, the Journal said.

Chase Home Finance filed a foreclosure action against the couple last September, and the court dockets indicate that neither Shahzad nor his wife showed up to defend themselves. They were listed as “non-appearing” parties. The most recent papers were filed in the case on April 23, according to the Journal.

The article continues at MSNBC.

H/T Pamela Geller

Meanwhile, back at MSNBC “No She Didn’t!… MSNBC Host Contessa Brewer Admits She’s Bummed Times Square Terrorist Is Pakistani Islamist (Audio)” by Jim Hoft.

Jim Hoft also has this update on the investigation: “Pakistani Officials Arrests 5 Facilitators In Connection to Times Square Bomb Plot” with video from CNN.

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