His mother also fled at the end of August. His wife is now being questioned in the UAE and is apparently cooperating with investigators. Was she afraid or an accomplice?
The wife of New York and New Jersey bombing suspect, who flew to Pakistan before the terror attacks, is being questioned by American authorities.
Ahmad Rahami’s wife, Asia Bibi Rahimi, was intercepted by authorities in the United Arab Emirates after leaving the US for Pakistan days before the terror attacks. She is currently said to be cooperating with authorities.
Rahami’s mother also left the U.S., flying to Turkey on August 24 – a couple of weeks before her son was accused on planting multiple bombs in New Jersey and New York which injured 29 people.
Rahami was charged on Tuesday with using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing public places.
He is also charged with five counts of attempted murder of law enforcement officials, and two gun charges, after a shootout with cops on Monday. He remains on $5.2million bail in hospital.
Ahmad Rahami met and married Asia Bibi in 2011 while in Pakistan and the two had a child together, law enforcement sources say.
When Rahami tried to return to the United States, he lobbied for his wife to join him in New Jersey. They were told she would have to remain in Pakistan until she’d had her child, ABC News reports.
In May 2014, she was granted entry with their baby and granted a U.S. Green Card.
Rahami also has another child with his childhood sweetheart Maria Mena.
Mena, who broke up with Rahami some time ago, has accused him of being a deadbeat dad who hated America and refused to pay his child support.
Since news of Rahami’s arrest, Mena has filed for full custody of their nine-year-old daughter.
In court papers obtained by DailyMail.com, Maria Mena petitions the court to be the sole guardian of their daughter due to the ongoing criminal case.
‘Requesting full custody, defendant has been charged with police attempted murder, and is currently under protective services after possible terrorist related activity in NYC,’ Mena writes in the latest court documents.
It’s unclear how active 28-year-old Rahami had been in his daughter’s life. Mena claimed in previous interviews that she hadn’t seen him in two years, after seeing him become more anti-American.
Mena and Rahami dated while attending Edison High School, and classmates said she was pregnant at prom.
Their young love was apparently not well received by Rahami’s father, who organized for him to visit Afghanistan right before their daughter was born.
While he was critical of American culture compared to the strict Islamic rules of his homeland, Maria never believed he’d never go as far as to hurt innocent people.
‘He seemed standoffish to American culture, but I never thought he would cross the line,’ she said. ‘I never thought he would do something like this,’ she said through tears. ‘I think he was brainwashed.’
They broke up sometime after the child was born, and after Rahami returned from Afghanistan he stopped paying for child support as he took longer and longer trips back to the Middle East. At one point, Mena had to sue him for nearly $1,000 in child support.
The last trip that Maria, 26, was aware of, Rahami brought back a wife and child.
While they were together, she says he would often compared American culture to life in Afghanistan, saying how ‘there weren’t homosexuals in Afghanistan.’