Accused Police Car Bomb Plotter Indicted

Jose Pimentel is accused of weapons possession and conspiracy as terror crimes.

By Jonathan Dienst and Shimon Prokupecz
|  Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012  |  Updated 4:12 PM EDT
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Arrest in NYC Pipe Bomb Terror Plot

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Jose Pimentel, 27, right.

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Terror Plot Suspect Arraigned

An al-Qaida sympathizer who plotted to bomb NYPD patrol cars and postal facilities and envisioned targeting U.S. soldiers returning home from overseas has been arraigned, officials say. Jose Pimentel appeared before a judge in night court.

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An al-Qaida sympathizer charged with building a homemade bomb to try to attack police and other government targets has been indicted in a rare state-level terror case.

An indictment filed Wednesday accuses Jose Pimentel of the initial terror charges against him, weapons possession and conspiracy as terror crimes.

The indictment also includes attempted weapons possession as a terror crime.

Pimentel's lawyers, Lori Cohen and Susan Walsh, say the case "certainly is not terrorism." They say the lonely, curious 27-year-old was "prime pickings" for an overeager police informant.

The Manhattan district attorney's office had no immediate comment.

The indictment came after plea talks last month evidently didn't bear fruit.

Court records show Pimentel's arraignment is expected next month. A Thursday court date was canceled.

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