Lone wolf? It's not canine. It's not wolverine. It's not madness. Mayor Doomberg, it's jihad.
Mother of alleged Harlem bomb plotter apologizes for son, thanks NYPD NY Post
The mother of José Pimentel, an “al Qaeda sympathizer" who wanted to kill US military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, apologized for her son Monday and said she couldn't deal with him after he started reading the Koran in 2001.
"I want to apologize to the city of New York," Carmen Sosa, 56, said today. "I've been here since 1987, and I'm disappointed with what my son was doing. I love New York.
"I want to thank the police, I think they handled it well," she added.David McGlynnCaimen Sosa, mother of bomb suspect Jose Pimentel, speaks outside her home Monday morning.William C LopezJose Pimentel, 27, in Manhattan Criminal Court in New York Sunday.
Pimentel was busted in Harlem just one hour before his homemade pipe bomb would be operational, officials said last night.
"I brought him [to the city from his former home in Schenectady] because I didn't like the way he was acting," Sosa said.
Sosa spoke through tears outside her home this morning when asked what she would say to Pimintel if she could.
"I don't know what's going on, I just want peace," she said. "I just want to say I love him, I didn't raise him that way. He changed."
“Lone wolf" Muslim convert Pimentel, 27, also plotted to strike NYPD facilities and patrol cars and post offices near his Manhattan home, as well as police facilities in Bayonne, NJ, officials said.
After his arrest, Pimentel confessed to building the bomb and insisted that “Islamic law obligated all true Muslims to wage war against the United States,” court papers show.
"I cannot sleep, it's hard for you to know what I've been through," his mother said. "I don't know him.
"He dropped out of school," she said. "He's had a lot of jobs, but he's not working now."
Simon Islam, a Muslim resident of Pimintel's apartment building, was "shocked" to hear that the quiet man he'd seen smoking cigarettes outside is a possible terrorist threat.
"He used to talk to everybody who came out - he used to open the door for my wife," Islam said. "It's really shocking that he was plotting something that bad.
"It's sad that the general public thinks Muslims are up to no good - it's not true," he sad. "Day-to-day Muslims are not like that, they're hard working people. This kind of person doesn't represent us well."
Mayor Bloomberg said yesterday at a press conference, where he was joined by Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., that Pimentel's “actions were certainly something that could have killed a lot of people,"
Still, “he appears to be a total lone wolf," the mayor added of Pimentel, who hoped at one point to change his name to Osama Hussein after his two “heroes,” Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, Bloomberg said.