Manhattan Attack Suspect Rented Tampa Apartment

The suspect in the Manhattan bike path attack in which at least eight people died previously rented an apartment in Tampa and had several other addresses.

Sayfullo Saipov is from Uzbekistan and registered as an Uzbeck national when he immigrated in 2010. He is a permanent resident, by way of a Green Card.

At some point, Saipov lived in a Tampa apartment, which the FBI investigated on Tuesday. It is not clear if the FBI agents were talking to former neighbors or entered in an apartment that the suspect still rented.

Saipov also lived in Stowe, Ohio, which is outside of Cleveland. His most recent address is believed to have been in Patterson, N.J.

Records show that Saipov, who drove trucks for a living, had a number of traffic offenses to which he pleaded guilty and paid fines. In 2016, he was arrested in Missouri for failure to maintain a proper braking system. He did not pay the Missouri fine and was later arrested.

A friend of Saipov said Saipov is “no terrorist,” adding that he “liked the U.S.” and that he was married with children.

Law enforcement sources said Saipov left a note in the truck he used to carry out the attack in which he indicated he was inspired by the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, Daesh and ISIL.