Jose Pimentel Indicted in 'Lone Wolf' Terror Case
MANHATTAN SUPREME COURT — A Hamilton Heights man who allegedly planned to bomb government offices and soldiers to protest the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in a "lone wolf" terror plot has been indicted on conspiracy and other related charges, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Jose Pimentel, 27, allegedly built a pipe bomb using instructions he found on "TrueIslam" and planned to detonate the device at post offices and military bases, the indictment unsealed Wednesday reads. He also allegedly discussed jihad on YouTube and his blog.
“Jose Pimentel engaged in a plot to build improvised explosive devices and use them to commit acts of violent jihad," Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said in a statement.
"He crossed the line from violent rhetoric on his Internet sites to building pipe bombs to be used against our citizens."
The suspect's case is unusual because the federal authorities, which usually handle terrorism, declined to prosecute Pimentel.
Sources told DNAinfo at the time of his arrest last November that the feds dropped the investigation because they believed there were issues with the confidential informant, who the case was built around.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly lauded the indictment, saying Pimentel's "plan to kill and injure soldiers returning to New York was disrupted by good police work."
The suspect's attorney, Lori Cohen, did not immediately return a call for comment on Wednesday.
He is due back in court to be arraigned on the indictment on March 13 and faces up to 25 years to life in prison on the top count.