Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, the man who drove a pickup truck into a crowd, in New York, said that he is so devoted to ISIS that he wanted to display the group’s flag in his hospital room, documents show, according to CNN.
The suspect did not say that much at his initial appearance in front of the court, attended in a wheelchair. Right after the attack, Saipov was shot by the police forces.
After being questioned and analyzing his criminal record, it looks like he planned the attack for months, but was also committed to the terrorist organization ISIS.
Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov had around 90 videos on his phone, a lot of them being related to ISIS, says the above-mentioned source. Also, the man was apparently planning more attacks, in addition to the one in which eight people were killed and twelve wounded.
The man choose the date of the attack, considered to be the deadliest in New York since 9/11, since he was convinced that more people would be on the streets for Halloween, according to the criminal complaint.
Saipov was eventually charged with federal terrorism offenses, so President Donald Trump reacted immediately, saying that he should be executed.
“NYC terrorist was happy as he asked to hang ISIS flag in his hospital room. He killed 8 people, badly injured 12. SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY!’ he tweeted late Wednesday night.
The suspect planned everything for a year, while two months ago he decided to use a truck, in order “to inflict maximum damage against civilians.”
The truck was rented on October 22, in order to practice making turns ahead of the attack. On Tuesday, he rented the truck again, for two hours, but without any intention of ever returning it.
After hitting pedestrians in the area of the attack, he was planning to “proceed to the Brooklyn Bridge to continue to strike pedestrians.”