NYPD 18-wheeler used to block terrorism suspects

| 5/21/2009

An alleged plot to set off bombs at two New York City synagogues was thwarted by police using a city-owned 18-wheeler.

According to The New York Times, four men from Newburgh, about 60 miles north of New York City, originally came into contact with each other in prison. They plotted to “commit jihad” by killing Jewish people at the Riverdale Temple, a Reform synagogue, and the Riverdale Jewish Center, an Orthodox synagogue nearby.

The men were arrested about 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, after they planted what they believed were homemade bombs in multiple vehicles parked outside the synagogues. An 18-wheel truck owned by the NYPD blocked the suspects’ SUV.

On Thursday, James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams and Laguerre Payen were scheduled to be arraigned in Federal District Court in White Plains, NY.

Police reportedly began investigating the suspects in 2008, the newspaper reported.