The Maine teenager and suspected Islamist extremist who allegedly threw themselves at NYPD officers “Allah Akbar” or “Allah Akbar” was written on the machete assault close to Occasions Sq., police sources informed The Submit.
Trevor Bickford, 19, has been charged with tried homicide and assault in reference to the Monday, Dec. 31 assault that left three cops injured, together with a rookie who suffered a fractured cranium on his first day on the job.
A police supply mentioned the suspect was heard chanting “Allah Akbar” as he lunged at officers engaged on a vacation safety element on the Intersection of the World not removed from the place the bullet fell.
“Allah Akbar,” or “God is Nice” in Arabic, has been adopted by Muslim extremists lately as a reference to terrorist assaults.
However the alleged police-hating teenager might have missed even that and mentioned “Allahu Akbar” as an alternative, in keeping with different sources.
Bickford, of Wells, Maine, had toyed with becoming a member of Islamic militants in Afghanistan however as an alternative allegedly got here to the Massive Apple on Dec. 29, telling his household he was coming as a vacationer, sources mentioned.
As a substitute, he precipitated consternation when he slashed cops with an 18-inch blade and shot certainly one of them within the shoulder two days after his arrival.
Bickford, as soon as a seemingly typical New England teenager from a small resort city in Maine, “discovered faith” after his father’s overdose demise in 2018, neighbors and sources mentioned this week.
In line with sources, he was “rooted” as lately as a month in the past and took an Amtrak prepare into the town alone. He might have spent the evening in Forest Park in Queens and booked a room on the Bowery Resort on the Decrease East Facet on Friday evening, sources mentioned.
Police later discovered a handwritten manifesto through which he urged his household to “embrace Allah” and berated his brother within the US Marine Corps for allegedly shedding his means.
Bickford was being held at Bellevue Hospital pending his courtroom look.