19-year-old ‘Jihadi’, accused of stabbing rookie NYPD cop in the head at Times Square on New Year’s Eve, was on an FBI ‘Watchlist’ after being radicalized
Alleged Islamist Trevor Bickford, 19, of Wells, Maine is accused of slashing two NYPD officers around 10 p.m. on Saturday
Bickford who arrived NYC just days earlier allegedly, slashed two cops in their heads, including a rookie on his first assignment as they worked the Times Square detail
The rookie cop suffered a skull fracture while an eight-year veteran sustained a head laceration
Another officer reportedly shot Bickford in the shoulder and he was transported to hospital
It has been reported that Bickford was on an FBI ‘Watchlist’ after being radicalized and vowing to fight in Afghanistan
The teen from Maine who stabbed a rookie NYPD cop with a machete near Times Square on New Year’s Eve allegedly, is an Islamic extremist on an FBI ‘Watchlist’ after being radicalized and vowing to fight in Afghanistan.
Trevor Bickford, 19, from Wells, Maine, does not have criminal record according to a preliminary investigation, but police sources say the Bureau in Boston have an open case on him.
Bickford is on a ‘guardian list’ because of his radicalization.
According to The New York Post, he made statements to his aunt about a desire to go fight in Afghanistan which prompted her to tell the authorities.
The revelation came after Bickford allegedly slashed two police officers with a machete on 8th Avenue near Times Square in NYC, around 10pm last night.
Another NYPD officer shot him in the shoulder and he was rushed to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, along with the two cops he injured. They are all expected to survive.
The attack happened just outside of the high-security zone where thousands of revelers were screened for weapons as they prepared to ring in 2023.
The 19-year-old, alleged Islamic extremist, has been accused of authoring a disturbing manifesto that urged his family to “please repent to Allah and accept Islam,” police said.
Trevor Bickford who arrived in New York City from his home in Maine just days before the attack, was carrying the handwritten note in his backpack, along with a collection of religious material and $200 while staying at the Bowery Mission in Manhattan, sources said.
“To my family, specifically, mother, I’m sorry for not having been a good enough son,” the note read, according to a police source.
“I fear greatly that you will not repent to Allah,” it said.
“And therefore I hold hope in my heart that a piece of you believes so that you may be taken out to the hellfire.
“To [my brother] Travis. Of anyone I’ve known who I have felt is closest to faith, it’s you,” he allegedly wrote.
“Of anyone I’ve ever wanted to accept Islam with me, it’s you. Please repent to Allah and accept Islam. I fear for you.
“To [my brother] Devon, there was a time when we were close, but that time has passed,” the manifesto said.
“You have joined the ranks of my enemy. And for that I can give you no kind words. Return to Allah.”
Around 10 p.m. on Saturday he allegedly attacked cops working the Times Square detail, including a rookie on his first assignment, police said. Both officers were slashed in their heads, including the rookie cop who suffered a skull fracture along with an eight-year veteran who had a head laceration.
The young cop, who was still assigned to the police academy, suffered a gash to his head, and a Staten Island officer suffered blunt force trauma to the head. Both were taken to Bellevue Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Bickford was shot in the shoulder and wounded during the attack, police said. He remained hospitalized Sunday and has not yet been charged.
Charges are pending against Bickford, but he remains in custody at the hospital where he is being treated for the gunshot wound to his shoulder.
He was seen in unsuspecting photographs shared by his mother on Facebook from his birthday in the summer.
She refers to him as an ‘old soul’ and repeatedly tells him how much she loves him after he left their home for Seattle in September.
Her social media also reveals her other son Devin is in the US Army.
An investigation was underway to ascertain a motive for the attack, but authorities said they did not believe there was any ongoing threat to the public.
Michael Driscoll, the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York field office, said they believe the attacker acted alone.
Authorities have told NBC they were looking into whether the suspect had previously posted what they called jihadist writings online and and then traveled to New York City to target police.
Bickford’s mother has a slew of photos on her Facebook page where she gushes about the 19-year-old, calling him an ‘old soul’ and says she’s lucky to be his mother.
Bickford is from Wells, Maine where his family has lived for most of their lives. It is believed he become a radicalized Muslim in recent years following the overdose death of his father, Thomas Bickford, who died in 2018 at the age of 41.
Thomas married Audra D’Antilio married on September 9, 2001. the couple raised three sons, Devin, Trevor and Travis, in Wells, Maine. According to his obituary, Thomas Bickford could often be found coaching his sons at football and wrestling It also said he was sometimes hard on his sons in terms of his style of coaching, but ‘he loved his boys more than anything.’
The slashing unfolded just just outside the security zone in Times Square, where thousands gathered for the annual New Year’s Eve ball drop.
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