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A judge will decide the fate of a man convicted of trying to carry out a suicide bombing in the Times Square Subway Station, only to have it blow up in his own face.

35 years in prison is the defendant Akayed Ullah's best-case scenario.

That's what his lawyer is asking for, but prosecutors want a life sentence.

Surveillance video from December 2017 showed Ullah detonate a bomb that was strapped to his chest inside the Times Square subway station.

Read more: ABC 7 New York

A Vero Beach man accused early Sunday morning of having an explosive device aboard a boat is in custody facing a felony charge, according to jail records and an arrest report released Monday.

Michael Ferris, 39, is being held at the Indian River County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond after Vero Beach police found an “improvised explosive device” in the cabin of a 30-foot sailboat he was living on at the Vero Beach Municipal Marina in the Indian River Lagoon, reports show.

He’s charged with a felony count of making or possessing a destructive device.

The incident began after Vero Beach Police were contacted Saturday night by Marble Head Police in Massachusetts, to report a woman reported that her brother sent her a video “advising her that he made a bomb and was going to ‘take it to the airport.’”

Read more: TCPalm (SE Florida)

A teenager who prosecutors say touts himself as subscribing to an online subculture that has been linked to violent attacks was arrested Wednesday on a bomb threat charge.

Nineteen-year-old Malik Sanchez, known online as “Smooth Sanchez,” was arrested on a charge of conveying false and misleading information and hoaxes after he allegedly made a hoax threat in February to detonate a bomb at a restaurant in Manhattan’s Flatiron neighborhood. He was ordered held without bail.

In a criminal complaint in Manhattan federal court, investigators said Sanchez on Feb. 13 posted a video online showing him approaching two women seated outside the restaurant and telling them that a bomb would go off in two minutes.

“I take you with me and I kill all you," the criminal complaint quoted him as saying loudly. "I kill all you right now.”

Read more: ABC News

A woman is now facing charges after multiple explosive devices were planted across Trinidad.

Media outlet All Things 81082 was the first to announce the arrest of Leah Armijo. You can see her mugshot, obtained by All Things 81082, at the bottom of this article.

Investigators connected Leah to the case against Jonathon Armijo. Armijo is suspected of planting explosive devices in Trinidad, including one device that seriously injured a 22-year-old man. Armijo is facing two counts of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of possession/use of an explosive device.


11 News was there when Armijo was taken into custody on Feb. 8, less than a day after the second of two explosions happened within city limits. The first explosion happened on Feb. 5 at a Walmart parking lot, according to arrest papers. The second explosion happened on Feb. 7 at the Trinidad Apartments and nearly claimed the life of a man.

Read more: KKTV

A Wichita Falls man who allegedly plotted to blow up a data center in Virginia has been charged with a malicious attempt to destroy a building with an explosive, announced Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Prerak Shah.

Seth Aaron Pendley, 28, was arrested on Thursday after allegedly attempting to obtain an explosive device from an undercover FBI employee in Fort Worth. He was charged via criminal complaint and made his initial appearance in federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Cureton Friday morning.

“We are indebted to the concerned citizen who came forward to report the defendant’s alarming online rhetoric. In flagging his posts to the FBI, this individual may have saved the lives of a number of tech workers,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Prerak Shah. “We are also incredibly proud of our FBI partners, who ensured that the defendant was apprehended with an inert explosive device before he could inflict real harm. The Justice Department is determined to apprehend domestic extremists who intend to commit violence, no matter what political sentiment drives them to do so.”

Read more: Department of Justice