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NYC terror attack suspect had been ticketed in Nebraska

NYC terror attack suspect had been ticketed in Nebraska
Posted at 4:40 PM, Nov 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-01 19:04:01-04

Sayfullo Saipov, 29, the man police say killed eight people and injured 11 more in Manhattan on Tuesday, had a few run-ins with law enforcement in Nebraska in recent years.

According to court documents, Saipov was stopped in Nebraska a handful of times in recent years:

  • In October 2011, Saipov was ticketed on Interstate 80 in Cass County.
  • In December 2011, he was ticketed in the same area, and also received a citation in Dallas County, Iowa, for exceeding the maximum hours allowed to drive a commercial vehicle as by law.
  • In 2014, a man matching Saipov's description also was stopped in North Platte and fined $50 for failure to stop and weigh.
  • In February of this year, he was fined $75 in Cass County for having an overweight truck.
  • He also has been stopped on westbound Interstate 80 near milemarker 415 in Cass County while driving for IIK Transport Inc. out of Lombard, Ill.

According to authorities Saipov worked as a truck driver and records show Saipov had lived in New Jersey and Florida. 

One of his former neighbors in Florida was stunned to hear about the allegations. 

"We never feared anything because he had a family, too. He was there with his wife and children," Melissa Matthews said. "The children were young, I mean, he had a whole family as well. So no one ever suspected anything." 

Documents show Saipov has also been ticketed in the Kansas City area of Missouri. On Dec. 16, 2015, he was fined by Missouri Highway Patrol for failure to "maintain required brake system."

In April 2016, an arrest warrant was issued because Saipov never paid that ticket; and later in October 2016, he was arrested on that warrant in the St. Louis area. He posted $200 bond.

Police said Saipov was also an Uber driver for about six months. Uber has said he passed a background check.