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Exclusive: Bombing Suspect Leaves Alleged Suitcase Bomb on NYC Street, Multiple Passersby Kick It, Video Shows

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    NBC 4 New York has exclusively obtained new surveillance video showing suspected bomber Ahmad Rahami dumping luggage allegedly containing a pressure-cooker bomb on a Manhattan street Saturday night, and the heartstopping moments in which multiple passersby fiddle with and even kick the explosive device over the next hour. Ultimately, police are called to the scene and a robot removes the alleged bomb. Marc Santia reports. (Published Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016)

    What to Know

    • Exclusive surveillance video obtained by NBC 4 shows suspect Ahmad Rahami leaving a bag allegedly containing a pressure cooker bomb Saturday

    • It was left on West 27th Street, where two men took out the cooker and wheeled off the suitcase. Police want to speak to those witnesses

    • The pressure-cooker device never exploded but multiple people are seen in the video kicking it

    Exclusive new surveillance video shows suspected bomber Ahmad Rahami dumping luggage allegedly containing a pressure-cooker bomb on a Manhattan street Saturday night, and the heartstopping moments in which multiple passersby fiddle with and even kick the explosive device over the next hour. 

    NBC 4 New York obtained the video Thursday, a day after getting exclusive surveillance video of the suspect wheeling the alleged bomb luggage down the street.

    The beginning of the video shows Rahami walking into the frame with a piece of roller luggage in tow. He props the bag up, turns around and walks away, leaving the bag behind -- directly across a hotel with dozens of windows and people dining out on West 27th Street in Chelsea. 

    Moments later, two men spot the bag and open it, inspecting what's inside. They remove a white trash bag, allegedly with the pressure cooker bomb inside. They take the device out of the bag, set it on the sidewalk and then examine the top and bottom. The men leave the device behind and walk away with the bag toward Sixth Avenue. 

    Suspect Wheels, Leaves Bomb Bag; 2 Passersby Take It: NYPD

    [NY] Exclusive Video: Suspect Wheels Alleged Bomb Luggage, Leaves It on Sidewalk; 2 Passersby Take Luggage
    New video obtained exclusively by NBC 4 New York shows bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami wheeling a piece of luggage allegedly containing a pressure-cooker bomb on West 27th Street in Chelsea Saturday night. Then two men not far behind stop to "admire" the bag, according to police, and take it, exclusive video shows. Police now want to talk to those men as witnesses and retrieve that bag. Marc Santia reports. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016)

    Police have stressed the men are witnesses and not connected to Rahami. Law enforcement sources said they do not believe the men knew they were handling a potential explosive. 

    Time goes by and so do dozens of people, video shows. Three men walk up to the bomb, not knowing what's there, and one of them actually kicks it. 

    The minutes tick, more people go by. One man on a bicycle kicks the pressure cooker, too. 

    Finally, a woman notices the object, turns around and goes back for a closer look and calls police. 

    NYPD Deploys Robot to Inspect Bomb in Chelsea

    [NY] NYPD Deploys Robot to Inspect Bomb in Chelsea
    Watch as the NYPD brings out a robot to inspect the alleged pressure-cooker bomb left by suspect Ahmad Rahami on West 27th Street in Chelsea Saturday night. The bomb never exploded, but exclusive video obtained by NBC 4 shows multiple passersby kicking it. (Published Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016)

    Two responding state troopers step up to the device, snap a photo and call for backup, video shows. Moments later, the NYPD bomb squad and their robot arrive and remove the device. 

    The woman who called police, Jane Schreibman, spoke to NBC 4 New York Sunday.

    "I looked at it and said, 'That looks like a child's science equipment, they must have thrown it out in the garbage,'" she said. "I realize there was no garbage because it's not garbage day."

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