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Knife attack on policemen in New York-Washington Hispanic

A man accused of attacking police near New York’s Times Square on New Year’s Eve has been arrested and charged with trying to kill police officers, authorities said Monday, adding that they are continuing It is being probed whether it was inspired by Islamic extremism. ,

The New York Police Department said in a press release that 19-year-old Trevor Bickford also faces charges of attempted assault, which wounded two officers at the edge of a high-security area where a crowd of New Year’s revelers had gathered .

Bickford, who lives in Wells, Maine, remained hospitalized Monday after being shot in the shoulder by police during the standoff. He was awaiting arraignment and it was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney who could speak on the charges. The Associated Press left messages for his relatives.

A law enforcement official familiar with the matter told the Associated Press on Sunday that investigators believe Bickford traveled to New York City earlier in the week. The official said they are investigating whether he had traveled specifically to attack police at the Times Square celebration.

Knife Attack On Policemen In New York-Washington Hispanic

New York City police and federal authorities are still trying to determine the motive, and investigators are reviewing Bickford’s online postings, which include some mention of Islamic extremist views, the official said.

Michael Driscoll, deputy director in charge of the FBI’s New York field office, said Sunday that investigators believe the shooter acted alone.

FBI spokesmen in New York and Boston declined to discuss the ongoing investigation on Monday. Boston area office spokeswoman Kristen Cetera called it a “very active investigation.”

FBI agents were seen late Sunday night entering the Bickford family home in Wells, a popular beach destination near the New Hampshire border. Bickford competed in high school sports, was on the 2020 Maine state champion wrestling team and was on the honor list for at least one year.

The principal of Wells High School declined to comment Monday. Messages seeking comment were sent to wrestling coaches.

According to an online obituary, Bickford’s father died unexpectedly in 2018.

The knife attack happened about two hours before midnight on Saturday outside the area where people are checked for weapons before entering One of the biggest and most famous New Year celebration in the world ,

Authorities said two officers were struck with a knife before an officer fatally shot the suspect. One officer has suffered a skull fracture and the other has serious injuries. Both were expected to recover, as had been suspected.

The attack caused some people to flee, but festivities continued in Times Square.

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