New York Police Department (NYPD) investigators reportedly believe that the alleged jihadist arrested in June for plotting to blow up Times Square may be the same man who stabbed a 9-year-old boy in the neck months before.
On Jan. 9, Jermaine Culver was on his way to school when he was approached by a man from behind and stabbed several times in the neck, PIX 11 reports. Culver was able to escape the attack and run back home, where his 15-year-old brother was.
The 9-year-old was brought to the hospital and was listed in stable condition. Eventually, he moved from his Staten Island home to live with his aunt in Atlanta, Georgia, according to the NY Post.
Surveillance footage of the attack was released, but the suspect was never found after nearly a year.
NYPD investigators now believe that the man responsible for Culver’s attack may be Fareed Mumuni, who lives just 600 yards away from Culver, according to a source who spoke with the Post. The source noted, however, that the NYPD's investigation has been stalled by the FBI, who won't give them access to Mumuni.
Mumuni, 21, was taken into custody by the FBI in June for allegedly plotting to bomb Times Square along with Munther Omar Saleh, 20. The two were arrested and charged with attempting to provide material support to the ISIS and carrying out a terror attack, PIX 11 noted.
When the FBI used a search warrant on Mumuni’s Staten Island home during his arrest, Mumuni allegedly tried to stab an FBI agent with a kitchen knife.
“He kept the knife he used to attack the FBI Special Agent wrapped in a T-shirt in his bed for such an occasion,” court documents said, according to PIX 11. “Mumuni also stated that he kept the knife that was recovered from his mother’s vehicle for use in an encounter with law enforcement.”
If Mumuni was in fact the man responsible for stabbing Culver, the stabbing could have been his ISIS audition, the source told the Post.
“If you look at the video, it looks like he was trying to slit his throat,” the source added.
The source added that Mumuni has a physical “similarity to the description in the video, he lived three blocks away, and he likes to play with knives and attempted to stab a federal agent,” making him a likely suspect in the case of Jermaine Culver’s stabbing.
NYPD detectives have reportedly described Mumuni as a "person of interest" in Culver's stabbing.