The Maine teenager and suspected Islamist extremist who allegedly lunged at NYPD officers with a machete close to Instances Sq. on New Yr’s Eve mentioned, “Allah Akbar” or “Allahu Akbar” in the course of the assault, police sources advised The Put up.
Trevor Bickford, 19, was charged with tried homicide and assault Monday for the Dec. 31 assault that left three cops injured, together with a rookie who suffered a cranium fracture his first day on the job.
A police supply mentioned the suspect was heard uttering, “Allahu Akbar” as he all of a sudden set upon the cops working the vacation safety element not removed from the ball drop on the Crossroads of the World.
“Allahu Akbar,” or “God is Nice” in Arabic, has been co-opted by Muslim extremists in recent times as a battle cry throughout terror assaults.
However the alleged cop-hating teen could have botched even that and mentioned “Allah Akbar,” as an alternative, in keeping with different sources.
Bickford, of Wells, Maine, had toyed with becoming a member of Islamic militants in Afghanistan however as an alternative allegedly got here to the Massive Apple on Dec. 29 — telling his household he was coming as a vacationer, sources have mentioned.
As a substitute, he sparked terror when he slashed the cops with an 18-inch blade and was shot within the shoulder by considered one of them two days after his arrival.
Bickford, as soon as a seemingly typical New England teenager from a tiny resort city in Maine, “discovered faith” after his father’s overdose loss of life in 2018, neighbors and sources mentioned this week.
Trevor Bickford, 19, an alleged radicalized Islamic man from Maine, yelled ‘Allahu Akbar’ as he allegedly attacked cops in Instances Sq. on New Yr’s Eve, sources mentioned. Fb/Audra D’Antilio Simpson
He grew to become “radicalized” as lately as a month in the past, and ventured to the town alone on an Amtrak practice, in keeping with sources. He probably camped in a single day at Forest Park in Queens and booked a room at a Bowery resort on the Decrease East Facet on Friday night time, the sources mentioned.
Cops later discovered a hand-written manifesto wherein he urged his household to “embrace Allah” and chided his US Marine Corps brother for allegedly shedding his means.
Police mentioned Trevor Bickford, 19, attacked NYPD cops with a Gurkha knife, a sort of sub-Saharan machete, in Instances Sq. on New Yr’s Eve.
Bickford was being held at Bellevue Hospital pending his court docket arraignment.