By Maria Rocha-Buschel
The NYPD and the FBI are asking for the public’s assistance in locating two individuals wanted for questioning in regards to the Chelsea bombing.
The men were seen on surveillance video when they allegedly took a piece of luggage from the sidewalk on West 27th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, removed an improvised explosive device from the bag and left the area, leaving the device behind but taking the luggage. Police said that they took the bag on Saturday between 8 and 9 p.m., the same hour that the explosive device detonated on West 23rd Street.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are kept strictly confidential.
DNAinfo previously reported that the two men who took the device out of the bag were thieves and had accidentally disabled the pressure cooker explosive. Robert Boyce, the NYPD’s Chief of Detectives, told the news site that the intact bomb led investigators to Rahami because the cellphone attached to it revealed a connection to his family.